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Mazda2-bred Toyota Yaris won't make it to Australia


Toyota has unveiled a Mazda2-bred Yaris hatchback that will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show - but the fetching city car won't be making it to Australia.

The new Yaris borrows its key underpinnings and its interior from the Mazda2 hatchback, matching the strategy Toyota in America has taken with the Yaris sedan.

The new hatch is being sold as the perfect ride for America’s “urban dwellers”, boasting compact dimensions and a diminutive turning circle often missing from the jumbo SUVs and trucks that prowl the States.

The front-end design isn’t that different to Australian-spec cars, which are Toyota's own and built in Japan, but the hexagon front grille is even more pronounced, and the roof line is less sharply raked. Side-on, though, the Mazda2 is clearly visible, as it is in the interior, which is taken directly from Toyota's Japanese stablemate.

American-spec cars also arrive with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, fed through a 7.0-inch touchscreen - something still missing from the Australian line-up, though Toyota is working on changing that.

“That’s a North American model , and isn’t on the plan for Australia at this time,” a Toyota spokesperson told CarsGuide. “Our vehicles come from Japan, and their design is aligned with Europe."

Our Yaris is also due for an update, though Toyota tells us "we have no announcements at this time".

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