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The Toyota Yaris is currently the brand's entry-level sedan offering after the Etios was discontinued last year. The Yaris is currently placed in the C-segment sedan in the Indian market.
According to the report from HinduBusinessLine, Toyota could discontinue the Yaris model from the Indian market. The company could phase out the Yaris sedan from the country due to its low monthly sales.
Automotive buyers in the country and across the world currently favour SUVs over sedan models. As a result, the demand for sedan models has dropped significantly over the years. The Toyota Yaris currently competes against some of the popular SUVs sold in the Indian market.
When the media house questioned Toyota regarding the decision to discontinue the Yaris in India, the company replied saying they will be able to share any specifics pertaining to our future business/product plans.
However, the company stated that according to the brand's product strategy, our practice is to continuously study and evaluate the market to understand the ever-changing needs, customer preferences and trends. As a result, the company could be evaluating the feasibility of the Yaris sedan and reach a conclusion in the coming months.
Last year, Toyota made a few changes to the sedan's variants. The Yaris V manual, VX manual and V CVT automatic were discontinued from the sedan model. The car is now available in five manual trims and six automatic variants as compared to seven each, earlier.
The Yaris comes with a host of features such as projector headlamps, LED DRLs, alloy wheels, dual-tone interiors. It also comes equipped with roof-mounted air vents with ambient illumination, an eight-way adjustable power driver seat, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control; among others.
The sedan also comes packed with a host of active and passive safety features. This includes seven airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, as well as a solar energy-absorbing front windshield with infrared cut off, glass-high solar energy absorbing (HSEA) and a (TPMS) Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
The Toyota Yaris is available with a single 1.5-litre petrol engine option, that produces 106bhp and 140Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed super CVT automatic transmission.
The Toyota Yaris sedan currently retails between Rs 9.16 lakh and 14.60 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi). The Toyota Yaris rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, fourth-gen Honda City and the fifth-gen Honda City in the Indian market.
Thoughts About The Toyota Yaris Expected To Be Discontinued In India
Toyota Yaris is packed with features and is offered with manual and automatic transmission options. However, the demand for sedan models has decreased in recent times, especially in the price range that the Yaris retails in. As a result, the company might look to phase out the Yaris from the country.