Likely to be launched in the next 2 years, the Toyota Yaris will rival the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno & Honda Jazz.
Toyota, the Japanese automaker is considering its global hatchback – Toyota Yaris – for the Indian car market. Adding to it, the automaker also plans hybrid versions of its popular cars – Innova, Fortuner & Corolla Altis. If media reports are to be believed, the Etios and Liva hatchback have been failed to live up the company’s expectations in India. With the Toyota Yaris India sub-compact car, the Japanese maker is aiming to compete against Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
Speaking to HT, Akito Tachibana, MD Toyota Kirloskar Motor said that it is very difficult for Toyota to develop India-specific vehicle. He further confirmed that the company would launch the Yaris, but it would be tweaked to suit Indian road conditions. If launched, the sub-compact car will take on the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Swift/Baleno and Honda Jazz. Also Read- Toyota Vios Sedan Is Coming To India
The company has recently updated the Etios & Liva hatchback in India, and both models are expected to continue in the market to at-least 2 years. As far as the launch of the Yaris is concerned, we expect it to go on sale by the end of 2017 or early 2017. A possible debut at 2018 Delhi Auto Expo can’t be ignored.
|Minimum||Rs 6 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 9 lakh|
To be positioned against the Hyundai i20 & Maruti Baleno, the Toyota Yaris is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 6 lakh – Rs 9 lakh.
|Specifications||Petrol (Expected)||Diesel (Expected)|
|Transmission||5-speed MT & CVT||5-speed MT|
The Yaris hatchback is likely to come in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol version is expected to get a 1.5-litre unit that will also power the Vios sedan. This engine will be tuned to offer higher fuel efficiency & performance. The oil burner is likely to be a 1.4-litre unit that also powers the Etios range. This engine is capable of producing 90bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. Read More – Toyota Fortuner | Toyota Innova Crysta | Toyota Etios Platinum
Like the Etios, the upcoming Yaris is also expected to return high fuel efficiency. The petrol version is likely to give around 18-20kmpl, the diesel model could return 24kmpl.
The Japanese automaker is working on the next generation Yaris hatchback on the company’s new TNGA platform. As a reminder, the new generation Prius hybrid is also based on this platform which is scheduled to be launched in India in January 2017. The vehicle will share most of its styling cues from the Toyota C-HR crossover, which is already on sale in select international markets. The hatchback will get aggressive front fascia that accommodates chrome grille, projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The vehicle will get sharp curves all around the body and lots of chrome on front grille, door handles and rear.
Inside the cabin, the vehicle could get dual-tone black and beige interior, touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery, start-stop button and automatic climate control. The vehicle will get several high-end features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), Push start system, smart entry system, dual airbags, etc.
Source – HT