Drivetrain technology includes a D-4D AWD system that powers all four wheels for traction and stability. The 1.33L engine with Dual VVT-i and stop-start functionality offers sub-135g/km CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency of 42.7mpg US (5.5L/100km) in FWD guise. The D-4D AWD is powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder diesel engine good for 45.8mpg US (5.1L/100km). Toyota estimates that uptake in Europe will be about 70% petrol/FWD and 30% diesel/AWD.
Power isn't scintillating in either case: the petrol 1.33L engine is rated at 99hp (74kW) and 97lb-ft (132Nm) of torque, while the diesel packs 89hp (66kW) and 151lb-ft (205Nm) of torque. Both vehicles features six-speed manual transmissions, and both accelerate to 62mph (100km/h) in about 12.5 seconds. Four-wheel disc brakes provide ample stopping ability, while the MacPherson strut front/torsion beam rear suspension combine solid handling with light weight and low cost.
Interior highlights include climate control air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, smart entry and push button start, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, electric retractable door mirrors and a six-speaker sound system with steering wheel controls. Safety features are as expected, with a full range of airbags and driver-assist technologies such as electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control and traction control as standard equipment.
The car will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2009.