Toyota Yaris is the most anticipated unveil in India at the Auto Expo. The Japanese car manufacturer would launch the Yaris sedan in a couple of months. The car has been slotted between Etios and Corolla Altis in the company’s product lineup. Once launched, it will directly make its competition with Honda City, Hyunda Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. Toyota Yaris gets a sleek front, though not that exciting, but dons Lexus DNA in it. The car will come packed with lots of segment-first features in it. So check out a few important things that you need to know about the Toyota Yaris sedan.
Toyota Yaris measures 4425mm in length with a wheelbase of 2550mm, that makes it shorter in length as well wheelbase. If we compare the car to Honda City that has length of 4440mm and a wheelbase of 2600mm, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz with a length of 4490mm and a wheelbase of 2650mm, the Yaris sedan is shorter in both prospective to these rivals.
Toyota Yaris is likely to come with several features in order to compete its well-loaded rivals. Compared to its competitors, the Yaris will feature some first-in-segment like gesture control for the touchscreen infotainment system, roof-mounted rear air-con with ambient lighting, 60:40 rear seat split, tyre pressure-monitoring system, adjustable three-neck restraints for the rear seat, a powered driver’s seat and front parking sensors.
Toyota has not just added first-in-segment techs, but also some safety features in the Yaris sedan. It will come equipped with seven airbags (including a driver knee airbag), all-wheel disc brakes, ABS, EBD, ESP Hill-Start Assist and all-wheel disc brakes. Recently, the Yaris scored a 5 star rating in ASEAN NCAP crash tests.
Toyota Yaris would be offered with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol engine only that churns out 106bhp of top power, when connected to either a 6-speed manual gearbox alongside a 7-step CVT (automatic transmission). There would not offering with a diesel engine, but we can expect a petrol-hybrid, at a later stage, which will a segment-first offering but high priced.
Toyota would roll out the Yaris from its facility in Karnataka in India, where the plant will also use a high percentage of localized parts. Increased percentage of of localized parts gives a clear intention of keeping the price in check and we can expect it to fall with in a range of Rs 8.5 lakh – Rs 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom), being competitive to its rivals especially the Honda City and what more interesting would be the pricing when compared to the Hyundai Verna.