The Japanese-origin automaker sells over 10 models in the country across a substantial price range. Now, as per official details, the Toyota Yaris sedan’s BS6 version will get an average price hike of Rs 11,000.
BS6-updation usually accompanies a price hike due to the re-engineering required in the power plants. The entry-level J (manual) variant comes at a price of Rs 8.70 lakh while the top-end VX (auto) in White Pearl gets a price tag Rs 14.27 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
Available only in a petrol format, the Toyota Yaris was never a serious seller for the brand. The sedan is available in seven variants: J (Optional), J, G (Optional), G, V, V (Optional), VX. Confusingly enough, the ‘Optional’ avatars of J and G sit lower than its regular versions while V (Optional) sits above V. If we take into account all the transmission and colour choices, the total number of variants rise to 22.
The Toyota Yaris was launched in India back in April 2018 at an introductory starting price of Rs 8.75 lakh ex-showroom. Fast forward to September 2019, the mid-size sedan received a few updates and the starting price went down to Rs 8.65 lakh ex-showroom with the introduction of the J variant. The Yaris is slotted in between the Yaris and Corolla Altis. It is aimed to rival the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz, but clearly lags behind the pack in terms of sales.
In its BS4 avatar, the Toyota Yaris employs a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 107bhp and 140Nm of torque. This is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission as standard or a 7-step CVT. The petrol engine is the same unit found in the Toyota Etios, but in the Yaris, it boasts of a dual VVT-i system.
VVT-i stands for Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. It essentially controls the duration of opening and closing of valves (both inlet and exhaust) across the RPM-range to provide optimal performance and fuel efficiency.
As mentioned before, updating to BS6 specifications is bound to come at a cost. The main reason is that existing BS4 engines need to be re-engineered to a good extent (especially in the case of diesel units) to cut down emissions. Often times, a new fueling system, fine-tuned ECU mapping and re-worked exhaust system become a basic requirement. In less-capacity engines, such as in two-wheelers and three-wheelers, the changes required are not that extensive.