Pre-launch internal activities for the Toyota Yaris commence
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Toyota unveiled the India-spec Yaris sedan at the Auto Expo on February 6, 2018. The company has commenced pre-launch activities for the Toyota Yaris ahead of its launch reported to take place on May 18, 2018.
At an event in Bangalore held on April 6, Toyota showcased the Yaris to company personnel. Rivals Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna were also present at the event for comparison. Toyota has already commenced promotional activities for the Yaris and dealerships have reportedly started accepting bookings for an amount of INR 50,000.
Under the hood resides a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission sending power to the front wheels. This naturally aspirated unit is likely to produce around 105 hp and 140 Nm of torque.
Toyota claims that the Yaris comes with 12 first in segment features. These include electrically adjustable driver’s seat, roof-mounted air vents, gesture control for the infotainment system, seven airbags, front parking sensors, all wheel disc brakes and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Other notable features are projector headlamps with LED light guide, LED DRLs, electrically adjustable and retractable mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, tail lamps with LED light guide and Shark-fin antenna. It gets Optitron Meter with 4.2-inch MID, leather upholstery, dual rear power outlets, rear armrest with cup holders, adjustable headrest for all passengers, paddle shifters (CVT model) and cruise control.
The Toyota Yaris will come in 7 configurations in J, G, V and VX grades. Exterior colour choices include Super White, White Pearl Crystal Shine (G, V and VX grades only), Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Wildfire Red and Phantom Brown. Prices are expected to start at INR 10 lakhs (ex-showroom) and stretch to INR 13 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the Petrol AT VX grade.