Reputed to be the giant amongst the three Japanese car production Kings, Toyota has come out with a car that can only be called an automobile trailblazer. The Japanese Auto-Kings have come out with what many car enthusiasts have termed “a game changer” named 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN. The GRMN is one car that stands out on the basis of its hyper-charged engine and seeks to help Toyota invade a territory already colonized by car brands such as Volkswagen and Ford. The car was designed in partnership with Gazoo Racing, a Japanese car sporting division. Although making a foray into a terrain already held firm by cars such as the Polo GTi and Fiesta ST it shows enough resolve to give them a good fight.
2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN Exterior
Spotting an improved look, the new Toyota Yaris GRMN 2018 comes with a bullish front face, a modified nose, and improved headlamps. The car comes with a wider opening at the bottom; the grille also comes with a sporty net form. The cut-outs that accommodate the mesh have also been modified too, coming with thinner black trim towards the headlamps. Also new are the fog-lamps. It should, however, be noted that these features resemble those of the regular improved Yaris, what this means is that the GRMN is not really more tough looking at the front but it sure does offer a much better deal in terms of efficiency and aesthetics.
The Yaris GRMN comes with unique wheels, with a multi-colored design motivated by sporting; the rims come with a black finishing which contradicts the white body of the car. Coming to the body of the car, the black and red color details spotted in the engine covering is also seen in the lower section, just above the sides. Another awesome feature is the GRMN logo on the front fender and back of the car. The car also comes with mirror caps of black color, this is alongside a black roof same as the Yaris.
However the greatest upgrade of the car’s looks comes at the back, for instance, the previous model possessed smaller taillights on both sides of the tailgate, it is now further extended and larger into the trunk cover. The car bumper also comes with its own modification, it now has smaller small black inserts at the lower parts of the car, and also the GRMN comes with an aggressive element with its exhaust installed at the center while also having a large black painted roof spoiler.
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Toyota Yaris GRMN 2018 Interior
Comparative analysis with the previous Yaris model shows an improved dashboard and an updated control structure under the infotainment screen. New materials were also introduced for the upholstery, different colors, and an improved infotainment interface. The revolutionary car also comes with a 4.2 inch TFT display located in the instrument cluster for the higher priced models such as the GRMN. Alongside these features, the GRMN also comes with two sports seats customized for the car by Toyota Boshoku, leather coated steering taken from the GT86 sports car, and it also comes with sports pedals made of aluminum. The sports seats(with GR logo) and modified steering wheel is not really a common feature of such small Yaris car that certainly is something worthy of note.
2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN interior
With a goal to make a real impact on the sand of Automobile time, the 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN has come with some new and improved feature that helps it carve its own niche; this is what makes this new and improved Yaris to be defined as; straightforward, simple and safe. The Yaris comes with Toyota Safety Sense C, also, it comes with standard Entune Audio as well as a 6.1-inch touchscreen or 7.1 inches touch screen display. Furthermore, its unique Bluetooth wireless technology and a backup camera make it a delight riding in this one of a kind car.
One unique characteristic of the Yaris is certainly its drivetrain, a supercharged 1.8 liter 4-cylinder unit with 2017 ponies has replaced the standard engine that was used in the hatchback. It is projected to have an acceleration of between 80 to 120 km/hr in gear four, so to validate this statement the GRMN needs to attain speeds of about 62 miles per hour in under 6.5 seconds.
The car output is also quite reliable when compared with the 189 horsepower capacity of the Polo GTi of Volkswagen and also the 197 horse power of the brand new Ford Fiesta ST. The drivetrain is supported by a customized improved chassis that comes with further bracing, as well as a suspension system tuned through prolonged testing at the Nurburgring track with additions from Gazoo racing, and also a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Furthermore, it comes with shorter springs, effective shock absorbers made by Sachs, larger diameter front stabilizer bar, and very effective brakes make this car a complete package. However, the prolonged testing at Nurburgring further showed the capabilities of this car, many automobile enthusiasts are optimistic that this could just end up becoming the Yaris that changes automobile history.
Price and Release date
At the moment there is really no release date and price is fixed for the 2018 Yaris GRMN. Although with the hope that GRMN will become the range-top model, it may just end up becoming the most expensive of the Yaris model. On record, depending on the build of the car, the Yaris costs between 11,495 British pounds to 18,315 British pounds, therefore it should be expected that the GRMN ought to cost more than that. As a matter of fact, it is expected to be capped at 19,000 pounds which are almost what the Polo GTi and Fiesta ST cost. However, considering the fact that Toyota doesn’t have the same track record as regards performance in the line of the Polo GTi and Fiesta ST, it would be advisable for Toyota to stay below 20,000 pounds as regards the price.
2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN photos