The Toyota Yaris sedan has been launched in India. It is priced from Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). In India, the Yaris will be available in 4 variants and a single petrol engine option.
The Yaris was unveiled in the Indian market during the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Toyota dealerships across the country had started accepting bookings for the sedan from April 2018. As per Toyota India, the response for the Yaris sedan has been satisfactory, with over 1,000 bookings already being accumulated before the car’s official launch.
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, it later decided to bring it as the Yaris sedan. It is worth noting that Toyota also sells a hatchback named the Yaris in the international market, while its sedan version is sold as the Yaris ATIV. Toyota India has reportedly confirmed that the Yaris hatchback won’t be launched in India.
The India-spec Yaris is 4,425 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,4995 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,550 mm and a boot space of 476 litres. Interestingly, the Yaris’ design is a departure from Toyota’s traditional toned-down styling cues. Other small Toyota cars sold in India, namely the Etios and Liva, are bland to look at. However, the Yaris gets a busy design, especially at the front.
It features large sweptback headlamps with projectors and LED daytime running lights (DRLs). A V-shaped grille houses the Toyota badge in the centre and tapers off towards the edges to integrated into the headlamp clusters. The bumper gets a massive air dam with black horizontal slats. This gives the Yaris a gaping front fascia, which might not be pleasing to many potential customers. The rear end gets a relatively cleaner look, with wrap around LED taillights, number plate housing on the bootlid, and a neat bumper.
The Toyota Yaris in India comes with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 106 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque @ 4,200 rpm. Transmission options on offer will include a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed CVT. A diesel engine option or a petrol hybrid powertrain is likely to be introduced at a later date.
The India-spec Toyota Yaris sedan comes 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 includes seven airbags, all four disc brakes, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, and vehicle stability control (VSC).