Although Toyota has the Corolla Altis in the executive D1 segment of Indian passenger car market, followed by the Etios in the C1 sedan segment, still there are major volumes missing in the C2 sedan market where the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Volkswagen Vento & Hyundai Verna have been raking numbers. In 2018, finally, the Japanese manufacturer, Toyota has an answer for all its rivals. With the introduction of the Yaris, Toyota will be able to fill up the void in the C2 segment.
Toyota revealed the Yaris sedan, also known as the Yaris Ativ in global markets, at the Auto Expo 2018 last month in Delhi and its launch is fast approaching. In fact, it is expected to take place in May 2018 and bookings for this C2 sedan will open in April 2018. The brand claims that the Yaris follows the Toyota’s renowned philosophy of Quality, Durability & Reliability. The Yaris brings 12 segment-first features like roof-mounted AC vents for rear passengers, a total of seven airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Acoustic & Vibration Control Glass, Hand / Air Gesture Audio, Optitron Meter with 4.2” TFT MID with Eco wallet, 60:40 Split Rear Seats, Adjustable Rear Centre Headrest & Line guide in RCL Yaris features, All Wheel Disc Brakes along with power adjustable front seats and front parking sensor to the table.
Talking of the design, the Yaris has got projector headlamps with a LED line guide in headlamp & tail lamps. The look is amplified with the wide lower grille on the outside. Inside, it features piano black interiors and a waterfall design instrumental panel with a stitch on it. The sedan also gets daytime running lamps and shark fin antenna.
Named after the Greek goddess Charis, Toyota Yaris sedan will be available with a petrol engine only. It will be powered by a 1.5L, 4-cylinder block churning out 108 HP of power, mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-step CVT gearbox with pre-defined ratios. Toyota is focusing at the reducing interest in diesel cars by segment standards, and hence, a gasoline variant will be offered first. But, a petrol-hybrid Yaris could be considered in future.
The Yaris is going be a great alternative to the customers who already own a Toyota as it will appeal to those who want to spruce up from the Etios siblings. For the owners of the Innova Crysta or the Fortuner, the Yaris can play the role of a great second car if he or she wishes to stick with the same brand as it’s a Toyota and it is known for its reliability. This should certainly give it weight as a sedan in the market which is worth considering in the populated C-segment.
The Yaris to be priced in the ballpark of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and will go against the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.