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Toyota has finally entered the mid-sized premium sedan segment in India with the new Yaris Sedan. The new Yaris was unveiled at Auto Expo 2018 and has got people talking about the new sedan, which is set to rival the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid among others. While Toyota revealed the Yaris in its petrol guise, there was no word of the Toyota Yaris diesel version.
According to Autocar, Toyota is tight-lipped about the diesel Yaris being introduced in India. The Government of India is stepping its aim of reducing pollution by leapfrogging to BS-VI from BS-IV by April 2019. Carmakers are sceptical in launching new products before the BS-VI norms are implemented in India.
The Toyota Yaris was unveiled with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 107bhp and 140Nm of torque. The engine comes paired with a CVT gearbox which sends power to the front wheels. Toyota though did not confirm if the Yaris diesel option will be offered as well.
Currently, Toyota offers the 1.4-litre diesel engine, its smallest diesel engine capacity, in India. The diesel unit powers the Etios sedan and the hatchback as well as the Corolla. The 1.4-litre diesel engine is not a BS-VI compliant engine, and there is a possibility that Toyota might drop the engine from 2020.
The carmaker is evaluating the development of a new BS-VI compliant diesel engine as it would need a significant investment, which would increase the price of the diesel variant. Toyota might instead opt for a hybrid version of the Yaris sedan; however, that would take sometime before the carmaker offers it for the Indian market.
For now, the Toyota Yaris will be offered with the 1.5-litre petrol engine with the option of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT gearbox. The Yaris boasts of segment first features such as electrically adjustable driver seat, front parking sensors, gesture control for the infotainment system, roof mounted rear AC vents among others.
DriveSpark's Thought About Toyota Yaris Diesel Version
When launched, the Toyota Yaris could be priced in the range of Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 13.5 lakh depending upon the variants. With the diesel version, the prices could go up by at least Rs 1 lakh. The increase in the input cost to develop a BS-VI complaint diesel engine will affect Toyota from pricing the car at a competitive price.