What's so special about the European Toyota Yaris SR? It's quite simple, really: This Yaris includes a factory-installed dockable TomTom GPS navigation unit. The press release (see it below the jump) is pretty skimpy on the details, but it seems that the TomTom not only functions as the GPS navigation unit, but also as the overall in-dash infotainment and media center. While it sounds like an amazing feature, I'm not too sold on the functionality. Would anyone really want to undock a GPS navigation unit? Maybe for walking, hiking or traveling with the unit, but how many customers are really gonna go there?
TOYOTA YARIS SR: A WINNING RECIPE
Take one Yaris. Add highly desirable styling and exclusive equipment features. Price competitively and sell.
It is as simple as that. Toyota has comprehensively upgraded the specification of its 1.3 VVT-i and 1.4 D-4D Yaris SR models to create one of the most impressive supermini prospects on the market.
A unique standard feature of the new Yaris SR is the satellite navigation / audio system which is both built in and fully portable. The system offers handy touch screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection for MP3 players.
Taking as its starting point the highly specified T3 model, the SR ramps up its owner-appeal with the addition of:
* Fully integrated audio system with removable TomTom satellite navigation unit - a first in the B segment, exclusive to Toyota
* Toyota Motorsport 16-inch Pit Lane alloy wheels
* Toyota Motorsport lowered sports suspension
* Rear roof spoiler
* Chrome exhaust finisher
* Brushed alloy gearshift knob (manual versions)
* Front scuff plates
In spite of all these extra features, the on-the-road price of the SR models is just £350 greater than the equivalent T3 version and represents £1,100 extra value. And the price tag also covers nine airbags, electric front windows, remote central double locking, air conditioning, front fog lamps and the one-touch Easy Flat folding rear seat system.