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Toyota Yaris to launch on May 18

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After commencing bookings a few months ago, Toyota is finally going to launch its mid-size sedan, the Yaris, on May 18. We've already have driven the Japanese sedan and you can read our review here. But if you're in a hurry and just want a gist of what the Toyota is about, then here goes.

The Yaris will be available in four variants – J, G, V and VX. As of now, there is no diesel option available. All you have is a 1.5-litre petrol motor mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT. The petrol-powered motor produces 106bhp and 140Nm of twist with ARAI figures of 17.1kpl for the manual and 17.8 for the CVT.

In terms of features, Toyota has made sure that its sedan has everything expected in the segment. On the outside, you get projector headlamps, LED DRLs and chrome garnish on the grille and door handles. On the inside, the Yaris gets an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with gesture control compatibility and automatic climate control, among others.

Safety equipment includes seven airbags, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, VSC, impact sensing door unlock, rear defogger and rear parking sensors.

With prices starting at Rs 8.75 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 14.07 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom), the Yaris rivals the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Honda City.

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