Japnese Car manufacturer Toyota is all set to re-enter the popular mid-size sedan segment in India with the launch of the Yaris. Dealers have started accepting bookings in select cities like Delhi. The new Toyota Yaris of India was first showcased last month, at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi. The car is expected in showrooms by the second half of April.
Toyota dealers in select cities have started accepting bookings for the new sedan with the booking amount set at Rs 50,000. Deliveries are being promised in the first half of May 2018. With this, Toyota will enter a segment currently dominated by the Honda City, the new Hyundai Verna and the Ciaz.
Toyota will offer it with only 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing nearly 108 BHP mated with a six-speed manual gearbox alongside a seven-step CVT (automatic transmission). The company has not announced the arrival of a diesel engine, anytime soon.
Toyota Yaris for India gets several features, so as to compete with its well-loaded competitors. Among most of the kit that we’ve come to expect out of a car in its segment, the Yaris will feature some segment-first features – like gesture control for the touchscreen infotainment system, a tyre pressure monitoring system, 60:40 rear seat split, adjustable three-neck restraints for the rear seat, a roof-mounted rear air-con with ambient lighting, a powered driver’s seat and front parking sensors. On the safety front, it gets all-wheel disc brakes, seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), Hill-Start Assist, ABS, EBD and ESP.
Toyota will build the Yaris at its plant in Karnataka. The Yaris for India will be heavily localised; which means prices are likely to be competitive. We expect the Yaris’ estimated range of Rs 8.4-13.5 lakh (ex-showroom) to undercut the Honda City’s price of Rs 8.7-13.7 lakh.
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