Yaris Y20 celebrates 20 years of the super supermini

Toyota is paying tribute to the original Yaris by introducing a new Y20 grade to its 2019 model range. It marks the 20th anniversary of its successful supermini appearing for the first time at Paris Motor show in 1998.

Through two decades and three generations, Yaris has become firmly established as Toyota’s best-selling model in Europe, also being built at its Valenciennes factory in France.

The revised Yaris range, revealed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October, will launch with an initial production run of 1,998 Launch Edition Y20 models featuring gold paintwork similar to that used by the first Yaris back in 1998 but with the contemporary twist of a bi-tone dark grey roof.

These will be followed by full-production Y20 models that will sit at the heart of the 2019 Yaris model range, offering a strong value proposition for customers. Available in bi-tone only, it will match silver, pearl or black bodywork colours with a new dark grey finish for the roof.

The exterior styling uses dark grey features to distinguish the Y20 within the Yaris line-up. These include 16-inch grey and machined-face ten-spoke alloy wheels, and dark grey side mouldings, front grille, door mirror casings and fog light surrounds (with chrome detailing). The Y20 also sports a shark fin antenna, colour-matched to the roof, dark-tinted rear privacy glass and special Y20 badging on the C-pillars.

The interior extends the dark grey theme, applied to the centre console, steering wheel inserts and new chequer-pattern fabric upholstery. Satin chrome air vents, audio speaker and meter surrounds and gear knob trim, black carpet mats with silver edging and Y20 badging on the instrument panel and front seatbacks further enhance the quality feel of the interior.

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