Japanese automaker Toyota has finally launched the much awaited Yaris sedan in the Indian market. The brochure revealing the prices, specs, features and other details had already been leaked on the internet ahead of launch and the price for the 2018 Toyota Yaris starts at Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and goes all the way up to Rs 14.07 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new model sits between the Etios and the Corolla Altis in TKM’s product portfolio and is available with only the petrol engine. The advanced bookings for the all-new Yaris had started since the beginning of the month at Rs 50,000.
Under the hood, the newly launched Toyota Yaris comes powered by a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 103 BHP along with a peak torque of 140 Nm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard while a 7-step CVT is also on offer with all the trims. The automaker also offers paddle shifters and cruise control. There is no diesel engine on offer with the 2018 Yaris, maybe because Toyota probably feels that the fast diminishing difference between petrol and diesel prices along with the improvements in the fuel efficiency of petrol engines will soon phase out the popularity of diesel engines. It will be interesting to see if the newly launched Yaris succeeds in attracting enough customers for itself with only Petrol and CVT motor.
Talking about the variant wise features and pricing, the 2018 Toyota Yaris offers –
2018 Toyota Yaris J – Rs 8,75,000/- with MT , Rs 9,95,000/- with CVT
The base variant J of Toyota Yaris will be offered with Projector Headlamps, Audio system with CD, MP3, Aux-in, Bluetooth connectivity and 4-speakers, 60:40 rear split seats, Keyless entry, Tilt steering, Power windows, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), BA (brake assist), Central locking and 7 airbags for driver, passenger + driver, knee + side + curtain. Looking at the features, it is clear that the automaker has focused mainly on the improvement of safety equipments even in the base variant which makes it quite competitive in the segment.
2018 Toyota Yaris G – Rs 10,56,000/- with MT , Rs 11,76,000/- with CVT
This variant comprises of all the features of the base variant J along with a host of additional features including Steering-mounted audio controls, Automatic climate control, Electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with turn indicators, 7-inch infotainment system with gesture control, Instrument cluster with TFT display, Speed-sensing auto door lock, Impact-sensing door unlock, Rear parking sensors, Front and rear fog lamps, Rear defogger, Roof-mounted rear AC vents, Push-button start with smart entry and Acoustic and vibration control glass.
2018 Toyota Yaris V – Rs 11,70,000/- with MT , Rs 12,90,000/- with CVT
This variant offers a number of additional features along with all the features of the G variant. The list includes LED rear combination lamps with line guide, Cruise control, Rain-sensing wipers, Rear parking sensors (4), Reverse camera, All-four disc brakes, Auto headlamps, Follow-me home headlamps and 6-speakers.
2018 Toyota Yaris VX – Rs 12,85,000/- with MT , Rs 14,07,000/- with CVT
The top spec VX trim will be offered with all the features from the V trim and will also offer additional features such as 8-way power-adjustable driver seat height, Leather-wrapped seats and door trim, LED DRLs, Chrome door handles, MirrorLink, Wifi connectivity, Hill-start assist, Tyre pressure monitoring system and Vehicle stability control.
In terms of dimension the Toyota Yaris measures 4,425mm in length, 1730 mm in width, 1495 mm in height with 2550 mm wheelbase and the boot capacity of 476 litres and is available with six exterior color options including Super White, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Wildfire Red and Phantom Brown. The sedan rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna in the segment.