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Toyota Yaris.

At the upcoming Auto-Expo, Toyota is planning to launch the Yaris sedan, with a launch planned for the latter part of 2018. The upcoming Yaris will be a tough rival to the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Yaris will be a more premium offering than Toyota’s own Etios sedan.

The Yaris is already available abroad in many Asian markets, though we expect that the Indian model will be closest to the Singapore-spec car. But it is only an assumption. Going by specifications of the international model, the Indian Yaris will also be 4,425mm in length and will have 2,550mm wheelbase which makes it shorter than its key rivals in both the measurements. The design of the Yaris is fairly conventional with a well-defined three-box silhouette. Toyota is also planning to made an effort to jazz up the look with some adventurous styling details, especially at the front. The headlamps will be similar as we’ve seen in the Corolla. The ‘V’ shaped bonnet that flows down to bisect the grille will be a defining styling element. A large air dam on the bumper and well-defined fog lamps, adds beauty into the sedan. A pronounced shoulder line and wide tail-lamps are some of the other notable highlights.

According to the leaked image, the dashboard is neatly styled and comes with a touchscreen. A chunky steering wheel, chrome-ringed dials and silver accents through the interior are other notable items in the cabin. While the cabin treatment and colours for the India version of the car are not yet disclosed, you can expect Toyota to opt for a premium-looking dual-tone colour theme. Interestingly, Toyota claims best-in-class cabin width in abroad markets and you can expect that too.

Toyota will launch the Yaris in India with a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 107hp. There will be no diesel engine, in the starting, because Toyota does not have a small capacity diesel engine that can meet BS-VI norms. However, it is expected that a hybrid version of the 1.5-litre petrol that could join the line-up in the future, will be offered. Toyota is a big company in hybrids and would like to leverage its experience in the area for maximizing efficiency and minimizing emissions. The sedan or i should say Yaris will be offered with a five-speed manual as standard across all variants and there will also be the option of a 7-step CVT.

The Yaris will be a good rival for various cars and will be priced accordingly, by Toyota. From our side, expect prices to range from Rs 8.5-11 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom).


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