Headlight Mag reports that Toyota will introduce Toyota Yaris Sedan next month in Thailand. The report reveals fresh information about the family sedan.
Toyota already uses the 'Yaris Sedan' nameplate for the Toyota Vios and a Mazda2 Sedan-based model in some markets. The 2017 Toyota Yaris Sedan for Thailand is a repurposed Vios. Featuring a Toyota Corolla-inspired fascia, it reportedly measures 4,425 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall. The wheelbase will measure the same as the Yaris hatchback and Vios - 2,550 mm.
As per the new report, the 2017 Toyota Yaris Sedan will have a 1.2-litre engine. Previous reports identify it is as a reworked Yaris 3NR-FE Dual VVT-i petrol unit. The four-cylinder mill develops 86 PS and 108 Nm, and is paired to a continuously variable transmission.
The Yaris Sedan will qualify for the government's Eco Car tax incentives, and launch as the first such model with 7 airbags. Safety features include ABS, EBD, BA, VSC and TSC.
Despite relatively bigger, the Toyota Yaris Sedan will sit below the Toyota Vios in Thailand. The Vios is priced from 6,09,000 baht (INR 11,57,818.78) to 7,89,000 baht (INR 15,00,031.22). The Yaris Sedan will compete with lower B-segment sedans like the Nissan Almera and Maruti Ciaz currently availaing the lower tax.
The 2017 Toyota Yaris Sedan will sell in five grades: J ECO, J, E, G and S. 15-inch alloy wheels, engine start-stop button, TFT MID, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and rear parking camera are specified features. The G and S grades will have black/beige interior, while others settle for an all-black scheme.
The 2017 Toyota Yaris Sedan is probably not the TKM's next launch. A report this year said that the Toyota Vios will debut at Auto Expo 2018 in February and see a launch in April 2018. Toyota is already conducting local testing with the pre-facelift model, but a new report speaks of a TNGA-based version in the pipeline.
The Yaris Sedan can challenge the fuel efficiency of the Maruti Ciaz, but the higher-spec Vios would suit India better as it can match all specifications of premium models like the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.