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Toyota Yaris India launch Launch highlights: Toyota Kirloskar Motor has launched its fourth sedan in India. Over 1000 Toyota Yaris sedans will be delivered today and a total of 4000 sedans to be delivered by end of May 2018. The Toyota Yaris will take on the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna and brings in some new freshness and charm to the mid-size segment.

By: | Updated: May 18, 2018 1:16 PM
Toyota Yaris India launch

All-new Toyota Yaris will make its official launch in India today and is all set to bring in some new charm and the freshness in the mid-size sedan segment. Toyota Yaris has been priced at Rs 8.75-14.07 lakh (Ex-showroom, India) and is the fourth sedan in the company's India line-up. It bridges the gap between Toyota Etios and the popular Toyota Corolla. However, unlike the other cars in this segment, Toyota Yaris will be sold only in petrol variants with the option of CVT available from the base variant. Toyota Yaris was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and the market launch comes in about 3 months since its first unveiling. Express Drives had the chance to drive the Toyota Yaris in Bengaluru recently and we also interviewed Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor to understand more about the all-new Yaris and company's upcoming plans in India.

2018 Toyota Yaris Live launch updates:


12:35 am: Toyota Yaris gets 3 years/1,00,000 kms warranty.

12:30 am: Toyota Kirloskar Motor confirms that it will not be bringing in the Yaris hatch to India and the sedan version will be the only Yaris variant to come to India. Toyota also confirms no diesel variant on Yaris in near future.


12:20 am: Toyota Yaris has been officially launched in India. Variant wise pricing below

Toyota Yaris Prices: (Ex-Showroom, India) 

Toyota Yaris JRs 8.75 lakhRs 9.95 lakh
Toyota Yaris GRs 10.56 lakhRs 11.76 lakh
Toyota Yaris VRs 11.70 lakhRs 12.90 lakh
Toyota Yaris VXRs 12.85 lakhRs 14.07 lakh

12:05 pm: Toyota is offering its CVT gearbox as a standard offering across all variants. The gearshifts on the Yaris are quick initially and as you give more gas there are longer revs giving the car more power. Toyota Yaris also gets paddle shifts allowing the driver to take control of the car’s gearshifts.


11:55 am: Toyota Yaris scores top points on safety. It gets 7 airbags, ABS with EBD as standard safety features. The top variants will also get Hill-assist control, vehicle stability control, reverse camera with sensors and many other safety features. It also gets front parking sensors.

also read: Toyota Yaris vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna: Variants, price, features, engine, specs comparison


11:50 am: Toyota Kirloskar Motor will deliver 1000 Toyota Yaris sedans in India today. The company confirms over 4000 cars to be dispatched to its customers by the end of this month. The company has received over 60,000 customer enquiries.


11:40 am: Toyota Yaris second row seats are wide and spacious. The car features rear automatic climate control on the roof making more room for the rear middle passenger. Toyota Yaris takes on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in this segment.

Toyota Yaris gets roof mounted automatic climate control for rear seat passenger


11:35 am: Toyota Yaris features a 4.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built navigation. It supports Bluetooth connectivity but does not get the option of Apple Car Play and Android Auto. It does get MirrorLink.  The screen size is decent and responds well. The new Yaris also gets gesture control which is first in this segment. The automatic climate control gets soft buttons that enhance the overall cabin. The bulky steering wheel is mounted with controls.


11:30 am: Toyota Yaris gets a two-tone interior colour scheme with 'Waterfall design' instrument panel. The interiors are finished in black and beige and look very similar to that of Toyota Corolla.  The dashboard is neatly designed and the car gets a bulky steering wheel with mounted controls.

Read our Toyota Yaris Review


11:15 am: The rear design of Toyota Yaris is nice and simple. It features fancy taillights that get LED line guide in rear combination lamps. The rear bumper is simple with a black plastic cladding below.


11:00 am: The design cues on the new Toyota Yaris has been inspired by the Toyota Corolla sedan. It gets a soft and subtle treatment to its front fascia, the Yaris is exactly not the boldest or aggressive looking car. However, the wide lower front grille and some muscle on the bonnet gives a bit bolder look. The character lines on the side of the car make the car look pretty and premium. The headlamp cluster with projector headlamp is very different from the Corolla sedan and is being offered as a standard feature. However, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are available only on the top VX variant of Toyota Yaris.

Toyota Yaris gets projector headlamps


10:45 am: The new Toyota Yaris sedan will be available in 4 variants - J, G, V and VX. All four variants are available with the option of four exterior colour options - Grey Metallic, Super White, Pearl White and Silver Metallic.


10:35 am: During Financial Year 2017-18, Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 140,645 units in India and degrew by 1.90 percent. Toyota's market share in India at the end of the financial year stood at around 5.3 percent.

also read: Top-10 carmakers in India and their market share

Toyota Yaris sedan


10:25 am: With the launch of Toyota Yaris, Toyota now have 4 sedans with other three being Toyota Etios, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry Hybrid in India. Besides these sedans, the company's product portfolio consists of three SUVs, Prius hybrid car and Toyota Innova Crysta MPV.


10:15 am: In India, Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5L petrol engine with a max power output 105 hp and 140 Nm of torque. Toyota Yaris is available with the option of a 6-Speed Manual and 7-Speed CVT gearbox right from the base J variant. Toyota Yaris has a 42L fuel tank capacity.

Toyota YarisToyota Yaris Dua VVT-i petrol engine


10:05 am: While Toyota's mainstay in India is its diesel-powered vehicles (Innova and Fortuner), Toyota Yaris sedan will be offered in only petrol variants. The company believes that the shift to petrol will happen from a cost of ownership cost of ownership perspective. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor told us that "if the government subsidizes diesel heavily, then the shift towards petrol will never happen. In the past the government has done that but going forward, I doubt the government will have a financial levy to do it again.”


09:50 am: India-spec 2018 Toyota Yaris is built on company’s global 'B' platform and is retuned to adjust to Indian road conditions the car measures 4425 mm in length, 1730 mm in width and is 1495 mm in height. Toyota Yaris is shorter than its arch-rival Honda City (4440 mm) but a bit wider. Toyota Yaris has a wheelbase of 2550mm.


09:40 am: Toyota Kirloskar Motor has already commenced the production of Toyota Yaris in India from its manufacturing plant in Bengaluru. Deliveries of the Toyota Yaris will begin from today and Toyota says it has got encouraging initial bookings. The company commenced the bookings of its Yaris sedan in April 2018.


09:30 am: All-new Toyota Yaris was first showcased in India at the Auto Expo 2018 and like the Toyota Corolla is a popular brand globally. The car is already on sale in over 100 countries and being manufactured at over six global location.

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