Toyota has confirmed that it won’t offer a diesel engine in the Toyota Yaris sedan at launch in India. According to a report from Autocar India, the company may not introduce a diesel engine option even at a later stage.
Toyota could have offered its small capacity diesel engine, the 1.4-litre D-4D unit shared by the Toyota Etios and Toyota Corolla, in the Toyota Yaris sedan. However, this unit isn’t BS-VI-compliant. Instead of upgrading it to make it BS-VI-compliant, the company may decide to discontinue it in the Toyota Etios and Toyota Corolla. There’s no certainty about developing a new small diesel engine that is BS-VI compliant, as it would require a major investment and that would drive up the price to a level where it would make the car uncompetitive.
In addition to the aforementioned issue, Toyota has also realised that customer preference in the B-segment is shifting towards petrol. So, it may introduce a petrol-electric full-hybrid powertrain instead of a diesel engine. This hybrid option may take a while to arrive, if greenlit, though.
Toyota will offer the Toyota Yaris sedan in India with a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine at launch. This engine produces 105 hp and 140 Nm of torque. Depending on the selected configuration, a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission will send power to the wheels.
The Toyota Yaris sedan will go on sale in India in May this year, with prices likely to start at around INR 8-9 lakh (ex-showroom). Top-end variants equipped with features like seven airbags and electrically adjustable seats may cost almost 13-14 lakhs (ex-showroom).
[Source: Autocar India]