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Auto Expo 2018: Toyota Yaris Revealed. The unveiling of the Toyota Yaris at Auto Expo 2018 sees the Japanese carmaker enters the highly competitive B-Segment in India. The Toyota Yaris is expected to launch later in the year and will rival the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and the Maruti Ciaz. The name Yaris comes from the Greek goddess Charis, who embodies charm and beauty.
Toyota Yaris Specifications
The new Toyota Yaris is offered with only one engine - a 1.5-litre petrol with dual VVT-i that produces 107bhp and 140Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox which sends power to the front wheels.
The new Toyota Yaris is based on the Japanese carmaker's Global 'B' platform and measures in at 4,420mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,475mm tall. The Toyota Yaris has a wheelbase that is 2,550mm long and weighs in at just over a tonne (kerb weight).
To ensure the Yaris survives on India roads, Toyota has raised the ride height of the sedan. The wheels are smaller - 15 inches - to deal with bad Indian roads fitted with 180 section tyres to help enhance fuel efficiency.
Toyota Yaris Design & Features
The Toyota Yaris for India is the facelifted version of the third-gen Yaris sold across Asia. The Yaris sports angular headlights and massive grille which looks rather odd and hosts the LED DRLs. Flanking the grill on either side of the bumper are circular fog lamps.
The sides of the Yaris look rather plain with only a single character line running across the from the front wheel arches to the rear door being the only major talking point. The 15-inch wheels of the India-spec Yaris also look rather tiny inside the large wheel arches. At the rear, the Toyota Yaris features wraparound tail lights and a sculpted boot lid.
Inside, the Toyota Yaris gets faux leather seats, paddle shifters and a small touchscreen infotainment system along with climate control and a rear A/C vent. Other features include a power driver seat, 7 airbags, roof mounted air vents, TPMS, front parking sensors, and all wheel disc brakes.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Unveiling Of The New Toyota Yaris At Auto Expo 2018
The arrival of the Yaris in India sees Toyota venture into a segment dominated by the Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz. However, the plain jane design and the lack of a diesel engine option could make it hard for Toyota to swim in a sea of executive sharks.