Toyota has just shown the Yaris at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Toyota Yaris will be competing with the Honda City and other mid-segment sedans in the Indian market. The Yaris is sold globally and the sedan version is majorly sold across several developing and ASEAN markets. The Yaris will be manufactured in India with most body panels being assembled in Bangalore. The engine will also be assembled with several components that are locally sourced. The Yaris looks a lot like the Corolla and comes with the high mounted headlight element which looks really attractive. There is a black air dam which is large and the arched roof.
Initially, the Toyota Yaris will have the 1.5 litre petrol 108 hp engine that will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission unit. There will also be a 7-speed CVT option. The engine will have technologies like dual variable valve timing and others. A diesel version could be introduced in the future although it is unlikely at the moment. Instead, a hybrid powertrain could be introduced for the Yaris first. The Yaris is shorter as compared to the Honda City and gets a smaller wheelbase as well. However, it is wider and this will equate to more cabin space.
The sedan makes use of the global B platform from Toyota and has a McPherson strut front suspension setup with a torsion beam rear and anti-roll bars. The ride height has been tweaked for Indian roads and the dampers are stiffer now. There are 15-inch wheels for the car along with 185 section tyres. Sound insulation material has been used in several places for eliminating road noise. According to the Chief Engineer for the Yaris, Takatomo Suzuki, the company has focused on ensuring more quietness inside for the Indian market since roads are rougher as compared to several other markets. He added that sound deadeners have also been integrated below the wheel arches. Asphalt has also been added below the vehicle floor.
There are several safety features like 7 airbags, disc brakes for four wheels, traction control, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring and more. The cabin gets a chrome laced central console and a two tone dashboard. There are ample cup holders inside along with smoothly functioning and touch sensitive air conditioning controls. There is a large sized cooled glovebox and a touch screen infotainment unit. There is however no direct USB port although one is available in the audio system. There are three 12V power outlets in total.
The front seats are high on comfort along with good side bolstering. The rear seats are also pretty comfortable. There is ample legroom along with cushioning for the part-leather seats. There is a roof mounted air conditioning system and digi controls at the back as well. The boot is spacious and the rear seats can be folded to ensure more space. The Yaris could be competitively priced between Rs. 8.4-13.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will take on not just the Honda City but also the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.