The much-awaited Toyota Yaris was first unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. Toyota has now started taking the bookings for the new mid-size sedan and the deliveries will start on 24th April. The booking amount ranges from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
The Yaris has been a long-awaited vehicle in the Indian market. Toyota offers Etios sedan and Corolla Altis in the market but there is a gap in the portfolio between the two vehicles. The new car will compete against the likes of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the market. The segment is already highly competitive and Toyota will further increase the competition.
Toyota Yaris will offer many first-in-segment features in the segment. The brand has already started promoting the vehicle through various mediums in India. The car will get segment-first features like electrically adjustable driver seat, gesture sensing touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, tyre pressure monitoring system and 7 airbags including a driver’s knee airbag. There are also safety features like ABS + EBD and Electronic Stability Program in the vehicle. The car is loaded with safety and purposeful features.
Unlike all its competitors who offer petrol and diesel engine options in the segment, Yaris will be offered with only a petrol engine. The Yaris is expected to get a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that develops a maximum of 108 PS and 140 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. The CVT gearbox gets pre-defined 7-steps that can be controlled through the paddle shifters. It will add a sporty feeling to the vehicle. However, the absence of the diesel engine may prove to be a disadvantage for the vehicle.
However, with the number of features on offer, the top-end variant of the Yaris is expected to get similar pricing as the top-end diesel-powered cars from the rivals. This can be one of the reasons for not bringing in the diesel engine in the new car.
Toyota has not officially announced the bookings or the launch date of the vehicle as of now. A formal announcement with the launch date in expected to be announced by the manufacturer soon.