The 2018 Toyota Yaris will launch in India on May 18, 2018. This official announcement comes a couple of months after the sedan was first showcased at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida.
Toyota India has also revealed that official bookings for the Yaris sedan in India will commence from April 22, at all authorized dealerships across the country. Interestingly, we have talked to a few dealers in Delhi NCR region which have already started unofficially accepting bookings for the upcoming sedan. This shows that the hype around the Toyota Yaris’ India launch is real as customers are willing to lock in their money well before the official launch date.
Toyota’s plans to launch a rival to the likes of the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz have been in the pipeline for more than a couple of years. The carmaker was earlier expected to launch this car under the Vios name. However, recent spottings of the test mules and media reports suggest that the company will now bring it as the Toyota Yaris ATIV.
Not much is known about the specifications of the Toyota Yaris in India yet. However, it is expected to come with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque @ 4,200 rpm. Transmission options on offer will include a 5-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed CVT. A diesel engine option or a petrol hybrid powertrain are likely to be introduced at a later date.
The India-spec Toyota Yaris sedan will come with various segment-first features, like front parking sensors, powered driver’s seat, gesture control for the touchscreen infotainment system, roof-mounted AC vents for the rear passengers, ambient lighting and tyre pressure monitoring system. Safety equipment onboard will include seven airbags, all four disc brakes, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, and electronic stability program (ESP).