Toyota Kirloskar Motor has announced that on the Government e Marketplace (GeM), the Yaris sedan is now available. The fleet-spec Toyota Yaris, priced at Rs 9.12 lakh (barring taxes and so on), is available only in manual mode and in the lower-spec model J. Back in April, we had reported that Toyota India would introduce a Yaris base-spec for the fleet segment. This version of the Yaris cost less than the variant on which it is based for Rs 1.96 lakh.
The Yaris for the fleet market, according to the Japanese carmaker, comes with seven airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist, remote central locking, a manual day / night rearview mirror and rear parking sensors, making it one of the best equipped of its kind in terms of safety kit. Externally, this version of the Yaris features 15-inch alloy wheels and headlights for the halogen projector. Although it is accessible mainly in a Super White hue, certain compatible colors can be supplied on request.
The fleet-spec Yaris receives two-tone interiors on the inside, although features such as adjustable front and rear headrests, front and rear armrests, power-adjustable wing mirrors, power windows, manual AC and rear charging outlets are also required. In certain implementations, the model is also required to get a speed limiter of 80kph which is the standard for cabs.
This version of the Yaris is mechanically identical to the standard Yaris J-the 107hp/140Nm, 1.5-liter petrol engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. For now, there’s no factory-fit CNG-powered version of the Yaris, though we’re expecting Toyota to introduce one in the future, adding to its fleet segment appeal.
Toyota has effectively provided a substitute for the Etios with this fleet-spec Yaris. A common model for commercial use was the B-segment sedan, which was withdrawn in early April. It remains to be seen if the Yaris would suit the success of the Etios.