Even though it was introduced in India in 2018, the current-gen Toyota Yaris has been around overseas since 2013. Toyota has finally begun work on an all-new model and sources tell us that it will see a global debut sometime in August next year in Thailand, which is one of its primary markets.
- New Yaris sedan to be fresh grounds-up
- Will sit on DNGA modular platform
- Likely to get Hybrid powertrains in the future
Next-gen Toyota Yaris: What to expect?
Since its debut in 2013, the current-gen Yaris has been updated thrice. The one sold in India is the version that was facelifted in 2016. Toyota went ahead and gave it a mild styling update once again in 2018 for some markets. The new Yaris, which is also sold as Toyota Vios in some markets, is due for a full model change and while the new car will get fresh looks inside out, Toyota will also shift the new sedan to the modular DNGA platform that currently sees duty on the Toyota Raize SUV and its Daihatsu cousin, the Rocky. A concept sedan based on this platfrom was previewed in Indonesia by Daihatsu back in 2017, this concept was called the Daihatsu DN-F sedan.
This new model will be internally known as D92A and the letter D in the code suggests that the car will move to a Daihatsu platform which is now being used to underpin newer cars and SUVs aimed at emerging markets. For the uninitiated, the DNGA platform (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) is a version of Toyota's TNGA modular platform that is used for a long list of cars and SUVs globally. The new platform will help the next-gen Yaris with weight savings, rigidity and also better safety.
There are no details on the new Yaris's engine and powertrain, however, we expect the model to share its engine options with the Toyota Raize SUV that includes a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre petrol engine. There are talks of hybrid tech to be introduced to the SUV range soon, which could also benefit the next-gen Yaris in the future.
Next-gen Toyota Yaris: will it come to India?
The Yaris sold in India is on its way out and is likely to be replaced with a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in the future. There is no news about the next-gen car making it to India anytime soon.
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