Toyota Yaris- Here vs There

Indus Motor Company (IMC) launched the Yaris subcompact sedan in Pakistan replacing the entry-level Corolla variants. This is the first the company is offering a local assembled sedan other than Corolla ever since it started rolling out the first locally assembled Corolla sedan in Pakistan in May 1993. With Yaris now on offer, the Corolla will cater to 1.6L & 1.8L segments with only Altis variants available.

Related: Official 2020 Toyota Yaris Brochure is Out

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The launch ceremony of Yaris was postponed due to coronavirus lockdowns; furthermore the bookings which were opened on the 19th of March against 100% advance payment were also halted by various dealerships due to the plant shutdown amid COVID-19 pandemic. There is no news regarding when the production will resume which has put a question mark on Yaris deliveries as well. This was unfortunate on part of IMC since the launch of a much awaited car was washed out due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Yaris is offered in 3 grades and two engine & transmission options– making it 6 trims in total. The base 1.3L GLi, the 1.3L Ativ and the flagship 1.5L AtivX each available with manual as well as CVT gearbox options. The Toyota Yaris variants in Pakistan are priced as:

1.3L GLI MT PKR 23.55 lac
1.3L GLI CVT PKR 25.25 lac
1.3L Ativ MT PKR 24.55 lac
1.3L Ativ CVT PKR 26.05 lac
1.5L AtivX MT PKR 26.55 lac
1.5L AtivX CVT PKR 28.15 lac

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This generation of Yaris sedan and the use of Ativ moniker were first seen in Thailand back in August 2017 with the debut of Yaris Ativ sedan which was based on the 3rd generation XP150 model. Later in 2018, the car made its debut in India while in some ASEAN markets it was sold under the name of Vios. In Thailand however, the Yaris Ativ was positioned below the Vios which is sold in parallel with a 1.5L engine.

Yaris Ativ in Thailand

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The Yaris Ativ sedan for Thai market came equipped with a powerful yet smaller & fuel efficient 1.2 liter engine to comply with Thailand’s Eco Car regulations. The 3NR-FE unit under the hood made 86hp and 108Nm as opposed to the two decades old 2NZ-FE engine with 84 hp that used to propel the 1254 kg 11th gen Corolla 1.3L here in Pakistan. Bear in mind the Yaris is approximately 150kg lighter than the Corolla we have here.

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The Yaris Ativ got huge success in Thailand with more than 31,000 units sold out within the first year averaging 2,580+ units a month. It was also awarded with a full 5-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating in 2018.

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Toyota has recently upgraded the 2020 Yaris Ativ sedan in Thailand with better features while making it more fuel efficient to meet country’s stringent Eco Car-2 regulations. Under the bonnet, the 1.2-liter 3NR-FE was upgraded to 3NR-FXE which has electrically operated dual variable-valve timing producing 92hp of power and 109Nm of torque while meeting the Euro-VI emission standards.

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Features include but not limited to projector headlamps with follow-me-home feature, LED DRLs, rain sensing wipers, power/ retract side mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather seats, electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjuster, auto air-conditioning with climate control, anti-trap power windows, 4.2” TFT multi-info display, eco features, smart entry with push button start/ stop, remote key, central locking, 6.7” touchscreen multimedia unit with Bluetooh/ Apple CarPlay, 6 speakers & multi-function steering wheel to name a few.

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In terms of safety the 2020 Yaris Ativ in Thailand gets 7 Airbags (front/side/curtain/driver knee), ABS with EBD & BA, Traction Control (TRC), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Dual Front WIL Seat (Whiplash Injury Lessening), Front 3-point ELR Seatbelts with Reminder & Auto Pull Back, Rear Seatbelts, Engine Immobilizer with Theft Deterrent System (TDS), Tire Pressure & Repair Kit, Reversing Camera with 360o monitoring & Built-in Dash Cam etc.

The 2020 Yaris Ativ GT

When pitted against the flagship Yaris AtivX in Pakistan, we can see a lot of features that haven’t made it to the local versions here. Below is a comparison between both the top-spec variants, only distinguishing features have been highlighted, those not mentioned are supposed to be the same.

  Local Yaris AtivX Thai-spec Yaris Ativ
Engine 1.5L 2NR-FE 1.2L 3NR-FXE
Emission Standards Euro-IV Euro-VI
Transmission 5-MT/ 7-CVT Super CVT-i
Safety
Airbags 2 7
ABS with EBD & BA Yes Yes
Brakes Front Disc/ Rear Drum 4 Wheel Disc
HAS (Hill-Start Assist) Yes Yes
VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) Yes Yes
Traction Control Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes with Theft Deterrent System (TDS)
Engine Start/ Stop Button Yes Yes
Tire Repair Kit No (Spare Wheel provided) Repair Kit Available
Exterior    
Headlamps Halogen Projector
Follow-me-home lights No Yes
LED DRLs Yes Yes
Wipers Intermittent Intermittent with Time Adjust
Rain Sensing Wipers No Yes
Antenna Short Pole Shark Fin
Acoustic Windshield Yes Yes
Interior    
Color Scheme Ivory Black
Seats Fabric Leather
Dual Front WIL Seat (Whiplash Injury Lessening) No Yes
Driver Seat with Electronic & Height Adjuster No Yes
Multimedia Unit 6.8 inch touchscreen 6.7 inch touchscreen
Speakers 6 6
Reverse Camera Yes Yes with 360o monitoring
DashCam Recorder No Yes
Price PKR 28.15 lac THB 649,000 (PKR 32.8 lac)

E&OE

While the local Yaris AtivX when compared to its flagship counterpart in Thailand misses a lot of features, it comes a little cheaper here as well.

Yaris in India

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While the Thai-spec Yaris has a 1.2 liter engine to comply with regulations over there, the Indian version gets the same 2NR-FE 1.5 liter engine we have here; however it has been recently upgraded to meet the stringent BS-VI (Euro-VI) emission standards in India.

Related: Toyota Pushing Hard the Not-So-Successful Yaris in India

Available in 14 trims, the highlights of Toyota Yaris’ features list in India include projector headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, navigation and gesture control, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, key-less entry, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, roof-mounted rear AC vents with ambient illumination, 60:40 split rear seats and adjustable rear center headrest.

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Safety features on offer include 7 airbags and ABS with EBD and BA as standard across all grades. Top-end trims also get two front parking sensors, four rear parking sensors, reverse camera, VSC, HAC, TPMS and all-wheel disc brakes. However even after all this, the Yaris was unable to create any problems for its rivals in the segment whatsoever and remained at the bottom of sales chart with some dismal sales figures.

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Below is a comparison between our top-spec Yaris AtivX with the flagship Yaris VX variant in India, only distinguishing features have been highlighted, those not mentioned are assumed to be same:

  Local Yaris AtivX Indian-spec Yaris VX
Engine 1.5L 2NR-FE 1.5L 2NR-FE
Emission Standards Euro-IV BS-VI (Euro-VI)
Transmission 5-MT/ 7-CVT 6-MT/ 7-CVT
Safety
Airbags 2 7
ABS with EBD & BA Yes Yes
Brakes Front Disc/ Rear Drum 4 Wheel Disc
HAS (Hill-Start Assist) Yes Yes
VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) Yes Yes
Traction Control Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes
Engine Start/ Stop Button Yes Yes
Driver/ Passenger Seatbelt Reminder No Yes
High Speed Alert No Yes
Parking Sensors No Front 2, Rear 4
Tire Pressure Monitoring System No Yes
Exterior    
Headlamps Halogen Projector
Follow-me-home lights No Yes
LED DRLs Yes Yes
Rain Sensing Wipers No Yes
Antenna Short Pole Shark Fin
Acoustic Windshield Yes Yes
Dual-tone Color Options No Yes
Interior    
Color Scheme Ivory Ivory
Seats Fabric Leather
Driver Seat with Electronic & Height Adjuster No Yes
Paddle Shifters No Yes
Cruise Control No Yes
Multimedia Unit 6.8 inch touchscreen 7 inch touchscreen
Speakers 6 6
Reverse Camera Yes Yes
Navigation & Gesture Control No Yes
Roof Mounted Rear AC Vents No Yes
Rear Sunshade No Yes
Rear Armrest with Cup Holders No Yes
Cooled Glove Box No Yes
Price PKR 28.15 lac INR 14.18 lac (PKR 31.37 lac)

E&OE

It is evident that the flagship Yaris AtivX here misses out tons of features available in other markets, however keeping that in view it costs a little lower too. However when we compare the base variants, they come a lot cheaper abroad while offering bunch of more features compared to locally available versions.

Toyota Yaris in India

The base Yaris J variant in India is priced from INR 8.76 lac (PKR 19.38 lac) and it comes with features including projector headlamps, shark fin antenna, driver seat height adjuster, power outside mirrors, rear parking sensors, high speed alert system, 7 airbags & alloy wheels etc all of which are unavailable with base variants here.

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The difference however is, in India as well as Thailand the Yaris faces stiff competition against not less than 5 similar vehicles in the segment including Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Verna and Skoda Rapid. In Pakistan however the only competitor against the Yaris is the 12 year old 5th gen Honda City that doesn’t even come with a single airbag in its entire range.

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From the looks of it, with the absence of competition, the Yaris might well be able to sweep sales. However we will have to wait to see when the production resumes at IMC’s plant and how the public feedback & performance of the vehicle is once the deliveries commence. Furthermore, the segment will see an addition in the form of 1.3L Proton Saga which is likely to be introduced towards the second half of this year.

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What is your opinion regarding Toyota Yaris, its features and pricing in Pakistan. Let us know with your comments.

5 thoughts on “Toyota Yaris- Here vs There”

  1. This is a ripoff, for this price you can buy a very well equipped Corolla here in Canada. This Corolla is full of safety features and gadgets, not a stripped down version we have in Pakistan. Government should introduce basic safety requirements for these car makers to follow.

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