Toyota Yaris: Dealers start taking bookings for the Honda City-challenging sedan

Although Toyota has not yet put out an official statement regarding the commencement of bookings for the new Yaris C-Segment sedan, dealers in Delhi have started taking bookings for the upcoming car. CarDekho reports that Toyota dealers in Delhi are now accepting pre-bookings for the Yaris. The booking amount is pegged at Rs. 50,000. While Toyota may officially start bookings for the car in a few days from now, those pre-booking the car through the ‘unofficial’ route stand a chance to jump the queue and get it delivered as soon as it’s launched. However, they won’t be able to test drive the car until it launches.

Toyota Yaris: Dealers start taking bookings for the Honda City-challenging sedan

The Yaris will be Toyota’s first full-sized C-Segment sedan and the car will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City. It’ll be pricier than the Etios, with a starting price likely to be slightly under Rs. 8 lakh. Toyota will launch the Yaris as a petrol-only model. There won’t be a diesel engine offered even in the future. The petrol engine of the car is a 1.5 liter, naturally aspirated 4 cylinder unit. Peak power is rated at 108 Bhp while peak torque is 140 Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard and a CVT automatic gearbox with 7 stepped shifts will be offered as an option. The upcoming new Yaris is a front-wheel-drive sedan.

Toyota will position the car as a cheaper alternative to the Corolla Altis D-Segment sedan. What this means is that the Yaris will be feature-laden in spite of a smaller size. From 7 airbags including a driver’s knee airbag to tire pressure monitoring system and ESP, the Yaris will be India’s most safety-loaded C-Segment sedan. It’ll also get other segment-leading features such as roof mounted AC vents, ambient lighting, front proximity sensors, a gesture-sensing touchscreen infotainment system and a power adjustable driver’s seat. The full-loaded Yaris won’t come cheap though. Expect prices to be similar to that of the Honda City as Toyota has the strength of its brand in India to bank on.

News Source: Cardekho