Toyota Kirloskar Motors has announced that its only sedan model in India – the Yaris will no longer be available in the market. Toyota has discontinued the Yaris but the showroom floors will soon get its replacement – the Belta. Here are the details.
Toyota officially announced today that the Yaris is now discontinued. However, the Japanese manufacturer will keep on providing after-sales service and genuine spare parts to the existing customers for at least the next 10 years. Toyota revealed that discontinuation is a part of its product strategy in the Indian market.
Yaris became the first car in the affordable price segment to offer seven airbags in India. In fact, all its variants offered seven airbags as standard. However, the vehicle failed to attract customers in big numbers. Toyota Yaris only in three-digit numbers for a long time and could not break the 1,000 units per month barrier.
Toyota Belta is coming
Toyota Belta’s production has already started in India. Belta will be the third Maruti Suzuki product to be sold by Toyota in India. After the Toyota Glanza based on the Baleno and the Toyota Urban Cruiser based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Belta will be the third product and will be based on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Details of the Belta are not out yet. However, we can expect Toyota to do a few changes to the Ciaz apart from simply rebadging it. The Glanza did not get any changes apart from the badges but Toyota did substantial work on the Urban Cruiser. Going forward, we can expect to see a lot of changes in the Ciaz to make it a Toyota product as well.
The all-new Belta will replace the Toyota Yaris from the model line-up and will take on the mid-size cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and even the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
There are already pictures of Toyota Belta with a different grille that adds a Toyota look to the sedan. On the inside, we will get to see a changed cabin theme.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offers an all-black cabin whereas leaked pictures show that the Belta will get a tan coloured cabin. The dashboard colour will continue to remain black just like the Ciaz.
Petrol engine only
Since Maruti Suzuki only offers a petrol engine with the Ciaz, the Toyota’s version will also offer only a petrol engine. The car will come powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 105 PS and peak torque of 138 Nm. There is a five-speed manual and a four-speed torque convertor available with the Ciaz and the same options will be available with the Toyota Belta.