2018 Toyota Yaris mid-size sedan revealed, will rival the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
With the Yaris, Toyota is going to mark its entry into the fiercely competitive mid-size sedan segment in Asia. There were speculations that the Japanese carmaker would be bringing in the Vios rather than the Yaris. Rivals to the Yaris include the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, Fiat Linea, Nissan Sunny and the Volkswagen Vento. The sedan has been unveiled for the Asian market and will be positioned below the Corolla Altis.
In line with Toyota’s current design language, the Yaris is in every way a Japanese car and the front fascia tells it. The slim sweptback projector headlights and a massive grille dominate the front end. The round fog lights get a vertical housing. At the side, you can’t help but notice the prominent crease line that runs from the front fender to the rear wheel of the car. The rear end looks smart with the wraparound LED tail-lights and the high-set bumper.
The interior is typical Toyota. The three-spoke steering wheel is all-new and the dual-tone black and beige dashboard resembles the Corolla in some ways. While the dashboard does look bland, there’s no denying that space is on the generous side. The automaker has loaded the Yaris with features like keyless entry, engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and leather seats. First-in-segment features include 7 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, roof-mounted AC vent, front parking sensors, all wheel disc brakes, powered driver’s seat, acoustic and vibration control glass (for reduced cabin noise), 4.2-inch TFT MID display, gesture controls for the infotainment and 60:40 split rear seats.
The Toyota Yaris will come powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine for now and a 1.4-litre diesel motor is expected sometime later. The 1.5 petrol will churn out 105 HP of power and 140 Nm of torque while the 1.4 diesel will output 87 HP and 205 Nm of torque. The petrol powertrain will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, however, a CVT automatic gearbox is offered as optional on the petrol-powered Yaris.
2018 Toyota Yaris
– Toyota Yaris, mid-size sedan revealed for Asia
– Named after the Greek goddess, Charis
– Gets a petrol engine for the time being
– Asia launch in the 2nd quarter of 2018