Toyota’s next big launch for the Indian market is the Yaris C-Segment sedan. The Maruti Ciaz-rival will be launched in May and Toyota dealers have already started taking bookings for the car, unofficially. While we know that the Yaris will be a petrol-only sedan, with 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox, a new report on CarDekho indicates that every variant of the car will get an automatic option.
Toyota is likely to introduce the Yaris in 6 variants – 3 with manual and 3 with automatic gearboxes. The car will be positioned as a feature-rich sedan but may have a premium price tag attached. We expect prices to start from a little under Rs. 8 lakhs. While Toyota has not yet revealed the official specifications of the car, it’s likely that the Yaris sold here will have the 1.5 liter petrol engine equipped with variable valve timing.
This engine is expected to output 108 Bhp and 140 Nm, which is par for the course for a C-Segment sedan sold in India. The CVT automatic gearbox will be similar to the one on the Honda City, in that it’ll have 7 stepped shifts. The Yaris is likely to be quite fuel efficient, especially because a diesel engine will not be on offer, even as an option. Even in future, Toyota has no plans of offering a diesel engine on this car.
The feature list of the Yaris will be long, with many features being segment leading ones. The car will get 7 airbags, a first for the C-Segment sedan class. However, the 7 airbags are likely to be offered only on the top-end trim. ABS will be standard across variants, with two airbags standard even on the base variant.
The car will also get other class leading features such as front proximity sensors, roof mounted AC vents, gesture sensing stereo and ambient lighting. The car’s styling will derive inspiration from the larger Corolla Altis. So, it’ll look like a mini-Altis, and this could be a big selling point of the Yaris considering the premium image the Corolla reference gives it.