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Toyota to show refreshed models in New York

Sienna minivan and Yaris sub-compact hatchback prepare for 2018 model year

Published: March 23, 2017, 1:30 AM
Updated: March 27, 2017, 3:35 AM

2018 Toyota Yaris

Toyota will have big news and a little extra at the New York International Auto Show, when it introduces freshened-up versions of its Sienna minivan and Yaris sub-compact.

2018 Toyota Sienna

Last year, Sienna brought in a new 3.5-liter V-6 making 296 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Now it adds a bit of style and technological enhancements. First and foremost is the Toyota suite of safety features, adding pedestrian detection, dynamic cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high-beams, becoming standard on all trims.

Sienna will also offer enhanced connectivity and entertainment with Toyota’s Entune 3.0 multimedia system. It features Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, and Audio Plus on upper trim levels. Entune Audio Plus adds, among others, Wi-Fi connections for up to five devices, five USB ports dispersed over three rows, and streaming capability from Android devices for rear seat entertainment. And on the Limited version (optional on other top trims), Entune 3.0 Premium JBL Audio adds Dynamic Navigation and Destination Assist, and nine speakers (including a 10.1-inch subwoofer) through which to experience finely-tuned sound through technologies such as sound staging, low frequency sounds and Clari-Fi (which uncompresses an audio track to restore its dynamic range).

2018 Toyota Sienna instrument panel

And in the looks department, the front end has a redesigned fascia with larger lower-grille openings and larger fog-light housings. The exterior also adds three new colour choices — Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic and Parisian Night Pearl — bringing the colour palette up to nine.

Yaris, at the other end of the spectrum, adds some sportiness with an evolutionary new front fascia with new grille and chrome accents. The top of the line SE gets piano black mesh pattern on the grille. At the other end, the rear design promotes width, with wider taillamps integrated into the hatch, and a new bumper with lower garnish. The SE gets new 16-inch machined alloy wheels.

2018 Toyota Yaris interior

The interior is enhanced with substantial audio and convenience upgrades, including a new steering wheel with audio controls, and sport analog instrumentation with LCD display. Yaris also gets the Entune Multimedia bundle available on other Toyota models, including Entune Audio Plus on upper trim levels.

Blue Eclipse has been added to the 8-colour palette, and it is also available as a 2-tone offering with a Black Sand Pearl roof.

The 2018 Yaris will be available this summer, while the new-lo0k Sienna will come along in the fall.