Toyota Yaris Hatchback Spotted Testing In India

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Spotted Testing In India

Recently, a Toyota Yaris hatchback was seen plying on Delhi roads with a red, Karnataka registration number plate and full camouflage. The Yaris is almost 4 metres long, which makes it suitable to compete in the premium hatchback space with cars like the Maruti Suzuki Nexa Baleno, Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz.


Toyota Yaris

To meet the small-car norms and enjoy the lower tax rates, the car will need to come with Toyota’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, which is available in certain countries. This engine makes 72PS of power at 6000rpm and 93Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The only transmission option with this engine is a 5-speed manual.


Toyota currently has a presence in the premium hatchback space with the Glanza. However, this is not a Toyota car at its core. The Glanza is a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Toyota may have plans to launch their own car and save on loyalties. The Glanza may have been a stop-gap solution to gain some market share while they prepare their own rival.


The Yaris hatch is also available with a larger 1.5-litre petrol engine in the normal and hybrid format. This engine gets the option of a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission. Even if the car goes on sale in India, we shouldn’t expect to see this engine as higher taxes alone will shoot up the ex-showroom price of the car with 1.5L.



Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.


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