Toyota has revealed that it will really load up the top-end variant of the Yaris C-Segment sedan with features when it launched the car in India later this year. The feature additions could make the car more expensive than the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna – three of its main rivals in the Indian market. Shekhar Viswanathan, the Vice-Chairman of external affairs at Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited said that the Yaris could be expensive because of the kind of segment leading features it will offer to the customer.
Here are his comments,
The seven airbags in the Yaris will make it an expensive vehicle simply because of safety features in it. We don’t want to compromise on safety. At the same time, we cannot forget the canon of affordability by the consumer.
What is also good to hear is that Toyota is not cutting corners when it comes to safety, and that the Yaris sedan sold here will continue to be as safe as the international models. With 7 airbags, ABS, front proximity sensors, disc brakes on all four wheels and tyre pressure monitoring, the 2018 Yaris sedan will be India’s most safety feature-equipped car in the C-Segment, beating the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz. Moreover, going by Toyota’s past reputation for safety with both the Etios and Liva having stable body structures, the Yaris is also expected to be a solidly built car.
The Yaris will be a petrol-only car, with a 1.5 liter petrol engine offered with two gearbox options – a 6 speed manual and a CVT automatic with 7 stepped shifts. The car’s prices could start at about Rs. 8 lakhs. Production should begin soon and the launch is expected to happen in April this year. The car will sit in between the Etios and Corolla Altis in terms of pricing and positioning.
News Source: ETAuto