Toyota will launch the Yaris in India, next month. The Yaris will mark Toyota’s entry into the mid-size sedan segment in India and will take on cars like Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. Toyota has already revealed the details and specifications of the Yaris and has also started taking bookings officially. Toyota dealers are charging Rs. 1 lakh as the booking amount.
Pictures of the Toyota Yaris from dealerships show that the Yaris has already started to arrive in showrooms and the vehicle will be available for test drives later this week. Toyota is expected to launch the new Yaris on the 18th of May. The sedan is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs. 9.9 lakh. The Yaris will not get a diesel engine option but to compensate or fthat, Toyota will add many first-in-class features to the car.
The most highlighted feature of the upcoming Yaris is the 7-airbags system. It is not only first-in-segment but will also be available across all the variants, which is unique. The Yaris will also get a long list of features that includes an electrically adjustable driver seat, gesture-sensing touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, tyre-pressure monitoring system and 60:40 split rear seats. The Yaris is easily the most loaded car in its segment, offering more features than the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.
The Yaris is a highly anticipated vehicle that will make the segment more competitive. However, the car will get only a 1.5-litre petrol engine option in the Indian market. The 1.5-litre engine produces a maximum power of 108 PS and 140 Nm of peak torque. While this makes the Yaris more powerful than the Maruti Ciaz, it’s less powerful than the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission and CVT transmission too. Just like the airbags, the CVT automatic is available across all the variants. In fact, there are more CVT options than manual variants.
Later this year, Maruti is expected to launch the updated Ciaz in India. Toyota’s entry into the segment will keep the competition on its toes. Currently, the segment is ruled by Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.