Toyota will reveal the Yaris sedan (called Vios in South East Asian markets) in India tomorrow at the Auto Expo 2018. However, pictures of the car have been leaked from a special preview held for specific media outlets. Here is a white Toyota Yaris C-Segment sedan that was displayed to the media in the special preview at Delhi. The car will compete with the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz in the Indian market. It will be launched in April 2018, well ahead of the Diwali 2018 timeframe that was being speculated.
Another big surprise about the Yaris is that it will use a 1.5 liter petrol engine borrowed from the Etios. This engine produces 89 Bhp-132 Nm, which is significantly lower than what the petrol engines of the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz make. We think Toyota may bump up power and torque levels of this engine to make it peppier. While a 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard, an automatic gearbox could also be offered. Details of the automatic gearbox aren’t available yet.
One more surprise about the new Toyota Yaris for India is that the car will skip the diesel engine altogether. This is a very bold move from Toyota as diesel powered sedans still sell quite well in the C-segment sedan space. By skipping on such an option, the Japanese automaker is taking a big bet that petrols will do better than diesels in future. It’ll be interesting to see how this move pans out. The Yaris will be built at Toyota’s Bidadi factory in Bangalore, and heavy localization is expected to keep costs competitive.
The interiors of the car feature a beige-black two tone dashboard, climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system mounted on the center console, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and steering mounted audio controls. The car also features a flat roof at the rear, just like the Toyota Etios. This should translate into better comfort for back seat passengers. Considering the features and engines on offer, Toyota is likely to price the Yaris lower than the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz but higher than the Etios.
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