It seems that Toyota is leaving nothing to chances when it comes to the success of the Yaris sedan in India. With our initial impressions, we believe that this mid-size sedan is going to be the safest in its segment. Furthermore, the company has already revealed that the Yaris is going to have 7-Airbags in its long list of safety features. Now, according to a report published in Motor Octane, these 7-airbags will come as standard across the range. If this information turns out to be true then the Yaris will be comparatively safer as against the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.
The Toyota Yaris already has a number of segment first features in its portfolio. Consequently, with 7-airbags as standard across its variant range, this mid-size sedan will emerge as a very tough contender in its segment. The 2018 Yaris made its first public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. There, the automaker confirmed that it will launch the vehicle in India by May 2018. According to recent media reports, the Yaris will launch in India on 18th May this year.
Apart from the 7 airbags, the Yaris comes with seven other segment first features. These are:
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Roof Mounted Air-Vents With Ambient Illumination
- Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat
- A Flat Floor
- All Wheel Disk Brakes
- Hight Solar Energy-Absorbing Glass
Toyota is going to launch the Yaris in India only with a petrol engine. This motor is a 1.5-litre unit It produces 108 BHP along with 137 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Furthermore, Toyota is also offering a 7-Step CVT automatic transmission in the Yaris. The automaker is not going to launch a diesel derivative of the mid-size sedan in India. This engine is likely to give a fuel-efficiency figure of 15 km/l to 17 km/l.
In addition to the above-mentioned segment first features, the Toyota Yaris will also have the following creature comforts as well:
- Projector Headlamps
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- 16-inch Alloy Wheels
- Key-less Entry
- Engine Push Button Start/Stop
- Tilt-Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Multi-Functional Steering Wheel
- 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Automatic Climate Control
- Parking Sensors With Camera
- Leather Upholstery
We expect, Toyota to price the Yaris somewhere around the mark of INR 9 lakh. While the top of the line variant will go for INR 13 Lakh. Hence, it will rival against Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Volkswagen Vento.
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