Toyota has started testing the Toyota Yaris Ativ (Toyota Vios) in India, spy shots posted by Team-BHP forum member Anashku have revealed. The company will likely bring this model to rival the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna.
The Toyota Yaris Ativ arrived back in August last year. It is also sold as Toyota Vios in some markets, and our market is expected to receive the sedan with the Vios badge as well. The Toyota Yaris Ativ is not as premium as the actual Toyota Vios, but its features and specifications for the Indian market may differ.
The Toyota Yaris Ativ is 4,425 mm long, 1,730, wide and 1,475 mm tall. It has a 2,550 mm wheelbase and a 133 mm ground clearance. In Thailand, its debut market, it is powered by a 1.2-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine (86 PS/108 Nm). However, the engines employed in the car vary across different markets. In India, Toyota could offer a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine that develops 105 bhp and 140 Nm of torque. A diesel engine option could also be on the cards.
Projector headlamps with LED light guides, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, tail lamps with LED light guide, shark fin antenna, keyless entry, engine start/stop button, dual-tone interior colour scheme, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, rear armrest and rear AC vent(s) are some of the expected features of the Indian-spec Toyota Vios.
The Toyota Vios will compete with the Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna in India. Its market launch should take place in the second half of the year. Before that, Toyota is expected to showcase the car at Auto Expo 2018 next month.
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