The Toyota Yaris will be launched in India during April 2018, and the car has already been unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Yaris will be the first proper C-Segment offering from Toyota, and will take on the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz, among other similar cars sold here. The Yaris will be powered by a 1.5 liter petrol engine with 6 speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. No diesel engine will be offered, and this means that Toyota is hoping that the car appeals to buyers by offering many more features than what the competition does.
Here are the features that Yaris offers, but the Ciaz-City-Verna don’t:
Talking of safety features, the Yaris will get 7 airbags on the top-end trim, and a driver knee airbag will also be a part of this. This is a feature no other C-Segment sedan offers in India. There will be disc brakes on all four wheels and the Yaris will also get proximity sensors in the front for safer parking. A tyre-pressure monitoring system will also be offered on the Yaris, a feature that will alert the driver to low tyre pressure. This is another lifesaver as tyres with low pressure can burst at high speed and cause a severe accident.
In terms of convenience features, the Yaris will offer factory fitted tinted glass, and no, cops can’t catch you as factory fitted tinted glass is permissible in India. This glass will cut UV rays and also improve AC performance. Talking of the AC, the Yaris will offer roof mounted vents for the rear passengers. The roof mounted rear AC will also have the ambient lighting feature built-in, and this is expected to increase the luxury quotient of the car, especially during the night.
Other interesting features include a power adjustable driver’s seat – a segment first – and gesture control for the infotainment system – another first in class feature. Prices of the Yaris are expected to start from less than Rs. 8 lakhs. It’ll be sandwiched between the Etios and the Corolla Altis.