Toyota Yaris teased, but will it come to India?

Over the years the Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation’s Indian subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor has tried to sell various small vehicles like hatchbacks and sedans in India but most of them have not faired well. The most recent one of those was the subcompact sedan Yaris which the brand discontinued in 2020 due to slumping sales. But globally the Yaris has been doing pretty well and just a few days ago Toyota of Thailand released a teaser of the upcoming newest generation of the Yaris.

In the newest teaser of the next-gen Yaris, we can observe that it the exterior design has undergone significant changes. The next Yaris design will most likely be based on a concept sedan that was shown in Indonesia back in 2017. The Daihatsu DN-F sedan was a pre-production concept car built on the same DNGA chassis. According to the teaser, the new Yaris will have a huge radiator grille up front that is flanked on each side by headlights that are more streamlined.

The sedan will have an extremely dynamic front bumper with a bigger air dam taking up most of its surface area. Fog light housings, a sportier lower lip on the front bumper, and machine-cut dual-tone alloy wheels are some of the few more additions in the forthcoming model. The outgoing Yaris had its global premiere in 2013 and has been upgraded three times since then. The initial redesign of the model was done in 2016, and later it went on sale in India in 2018. In the same year, the vehicle received another minor stylistic modification in the international market.

According to sources, Toyota’s low-cost modular Daihatsu New Generation Architecture will be underpinning the next-generation Yaris (DNGA). This platform presently underlies a slew of new Toyota and Daihatsu cars, notably the Raize and its cousin Rocky. DNGA is an entry-level variant of Toyota’s TNGA modular platform, which is utilised in premium cars.

Toyota Yaris teased, but will it come to India?

As for the interior of the upcoming model, it will also see considerable changes, including a big floating touchscreen infotainment system, a redesigned steering wheel, luxury upholstery, and connected car capabilities. Meanwhile, for the drivetrain options, there has not yet been an official announcement from the company, but it is believed that the new generation Yaris will come with a 1.2 litre petrol engine choice. The only automatic transmission available is the CVT. The Toyota Yaris comes in Sport, Smart, Premium, and Premium Luxury versions for 2023. The all-new 2023 model is set to launch in the international markets but as of yet, there has been no announcement if it will be coming to India or not.

In other Toyota news, the company will be launching the Hyryder Urban Cruiser compact SUV in India on the 16th of August, 2022. Bookings for the Hyryder have already commenced at all Toyota dealerships across India. The Hyryder will be produced at Toyota’s Bidadi factory, off Bengaluru, alongside the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. The Grand Vitara will be launched only in September though, and the Hyryder Urban Cruiser will arrive a few weeks ahead of its Maruti-badged sibling.