Toyota says its new Yaris subcompact hatchback will have segment-leading technology by offering the automaker's Touch & Go infotainment system.
The Yaris will mark a "breakthrough in its segment for affordable multimedia connectivity," Toyota said, adding that Touch & Go will be standard equipment on 95 percent of Yaris sales.
The system has a 6.1-inch display with touchscreen technology and offers navigation, connected services and mobile apps. It debuted on Toyota's Verso-S compact minivan earlier this year.
The Yaris, which is sold as the Vitz in Japan, accounted for 55,030 of the automaker's 219,789 European sales in the first four months, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. The third-generation Yaris will go on sale in Europe in September and will be built in Toyota's Valenciennes factory in France, which produces the current car.
The Yaris is less popular in the United States, where only 10,287 vehicles were sold through May, down 50 percent from the same five months of 2010.
At 3890mm, the new model is 100mm longer than the current Yaris. Toyota said the new Yaris has a spacious interior despite its compact size with high quality materials and a more driver-focused cockpit.
It will come with three engine choices for Europe: a 1.0-liter or 1.3 liter gasoline unit, or a 1.4-liter diesel. A gasoline-electric hybrid version will launch mid-2012.
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy said the new Yaris represents the company's strongest offer yet in the key subcompact segment.
"We are confident it can build upon Yaris' previous success and help Toyota rejuvenate its presence in Europe and move toward 1 million annual sales in the region in the medium term," Leroy said in a statement Thursday.