Toyota pulled back their Yaris from the Indian market on 27th September. Toyota Kirloskar Motor said they were discontinuing the Yaris to keep up with changing needs of customers. The motor corp has also announced that “preparations are underway to launch new models”. The Toyota Belta is to replace the Yaris in the C segment sedan category.
Remembering the discontinued Yaris
The Toyota Yaris was a premium hatchback. The Yaris was supposed to take on the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Volkswagen Vento. The car was known for its top-notch build and ride comfort. However, the Yaris could not withstand the stiff competition in the hatchback section due to its high price.
Toyota to continue after-sales support for Yaris.
If you own a Yaris, do not fret yet. Toyota has announced it will continue to provide after-sales support to Yaris owners ad continue production of spare parts for at least ten years, and you can always check out our GoMechanic spares for quality alternatives.
Toyota Belta to replace the Yaris
The Toyota Belta is nothing but a rebranded Maruti Ciaz. The Belta will have similar appearances and features as the Ciaz and have the same Heartect platform, and the car will come at a more competitive price than the Yaris.
When it comes to powertrains, the Belta is to have Ciaz’s 1.5-litre petrol engine, which gives up to 104.7 hp power at 6,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 138Nm at 4,400rpm. The Belto will come with two gearbox options, a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
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The Belta is to be a much more practical car than the Yaris at a much lower price. But we will miss the comfort and luxury of the Toyota Yaris.