Priced at R761 200, the latest version comes modified with a Torsen limited-slip differential on the front and rear axle, revised power steering assistance, a reverse camera and Park Distance Control.
Standard features include combination leather/Alcantara sports seats in the front with enhanced bolstering, leather rear seats, Heads-up Display (HUD), the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) active safety suite and Active Noise Control.
There is also keyless entry with push start, LED headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and auto function, LED fog lamps, heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors, plus rain-sensing wipers.
On the inside, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, Multi-Information Display (MID), a 12-volt power outlet, and a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column provide convenience.
The gear shift lever has a high position on the centre console, raised by 50 mm and set close to the steering wheel, helping the driver make quick shifts. The GR-FOUR selector control in front of the gear lever makes it easy to change between Normal, Sport and Track modes.
The three-cylinder turbocharged engine features multi-oil jet piston cooling, large-diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. Displacing 1 618 cc, it produces a maximum output of 198 kW at 6 500 r/min and 310 Nm of torque between 3 000 r/min and 4 600 r/min.
The engine matches a six-speed manual transmission engineered to accommodate high torque levels.
Its power-to-weight ratio of 0,154 kW per kg helps deliver a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5,5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 230 km/h.
The new all-wheel drive system uses slightly different gear ratios for the front and rear axles and allows for a torque distribution range from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive and anywhere in between.
The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or the driving situation using a 4WD mode dial switch. In normal mode, the base front/rear torque distribution is 60:40; in Sport mode, the balance shifts to the rear, with a 30:70 split to achieve a fun-to-drive quality on winding roads and circuits; and in Track mode, the base set is 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits or special stages.
A full suite of active and passive safety features includes anti-lock braking, EBD, Brake Assist (BA), VSC and Hill Assist Control (HAC). A four-wheel tyre pressure monitor system acts as a safety and performance feature.
The TSS package adds Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Trace Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
GR Yaris models trade with a 9-services/90 000 km service plan (intervals set at 10 000 km) and a 3-year/100 000 km warranty.