Toyota Yaris is one of the most awaited cars in Indian market that has already made its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The midsize sedan is expected to launch in domestic market in a few months and as it appears, the car won’t get a diesel engine here. At the Auto Expo, Toyota Yaris was showcased with a 106 bhp generating 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
As India is thriving towards adopting stricter BS-VI emission norm from April 2020, the diesel engine powered cars will be significantly higher priced compared to now. This will be due to the higher development and upgradation cost for the diesel engines compared to petrol motors. This will eventually affect the already slowing diesel sales in India. In this scenario, Toyota doesn’t want to increase its expenditure for development of diesel engines.
If we look at Toyota’s India portfolio, the brand has only one small-capacity diesel engine on offer, which is the 1.4-litre motor that works under the hood of Etios twins and Corolla. However, this engine is BS-IV compliant and continuing with its means, Toyota have to upgrade it to BS-VI norm, which is very unlikely to take place considering the additional investment to be made. Therefore we have every reason to believe that the Japanese auto manufacturer will launch a petrol only variant of the Yaris in India.
Speaking about the Yaris’s arrival here it could be priced between Rs. 8.50 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It won’t be an easy task for Toyota Yaris to make its own place as it will have to compete with several tough and well established rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City etc. The Yaris comes incorporating a stylish design that catches attention easily. Also, it gets range of advanced and upmarket features inside the cabin.