Preview: Toyota Yaris hopes to compete in the B-segment sedan market
Unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo, the much-awaited Toyota Yaris is a car to really look forward to as it is set to compete in the highly competitive B-segment against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City. Built on Toyota’s renowned QDR (Quality, Durability, and Reliability) philosophy, this car is currently sold in over 120 countries and is a very successful model for the company.
The brand has packed the vehicle with a host of features that includes 12 first-in-segment options including the power driver seat, roof-mounted air vents, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and front and rear parking sensors. The sedan also gets touchscreen navigation with audio/smartphone connectivity, vehicle stability control, and hill start assist control. The seats come covered in perforated leather and the rear bench can be folded down for added luggage space if needed. Incidentally, the Yaris also has a 5-star safety rating from the ASEAN NCAP, which is a testament to its build quality.
It comes with a 1.5-litre VVT-I petrol engine and customers have the option to either go in for the 7-speed CVT automatic or the 6-speed manual transmission. The manufacturer is betting big on the CVT variant to appeal to the Indian buyer, especially women drivers. The engine is known for its refinement and frugal nature without sacrificing on performance. While Toyota hasn’t mentioned a diesel version, we do believe that the 1.4-litre diesel engine could make its way into the Yaris as well. With bookings opening in April 2018, the Yaris is expected to hit roads by May this year and it will be aggressively priced.