Toyota is finally launching its highly anticipated C-segment offering, the Yaris, in India. Likely to go on sale in May this year, the Japanese carmaker has confirmed that bookings for the Yaris will commence from the next month. When launched, the Yaris will take on likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento.
With the launch of the Yaris, Toyota will be able to fill up the void between the Etios sedan and the Corolla Altis. The Yaris brings loads of segment-first features such as a total of seven airbags, roof-mounted AC vents for rear passengers, power adjustable front seats and front parking sensor to the table.
Under the bonnet, the Yaris will be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, the specification for which have not yet been disclosed. It will offer a choice of two gearboxes - a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT automatic with pre-defined ratios. As far as prices are concerned, expect the Yaris to be priced in the ballpark of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Yaris would be a great alternative to the buyers who already own a Toyota. It will certainly appeal to those who want to upgrade from the Etios siblings. For owners of the Innova Crysta or the Fortuner, the Yaris can also be a great second car if he or she wishes to stick with the brand. Finally, it’s a Toyota and the brand is known for its reliability and this should certainly give weight to its cause as a sedan worth considering in the populated C-segment.