In order to attract more customers, Toyota Yaris will get new CNG option by the end of this year for its petrol engine.
Launched in 2018, Toyota Yaris was the latest model to join the executive sedan segment. Unfortunately, this sedan from Toyota failed to capture attention from the Indian buyers. In an attempt to draw interest from the dwindling number of sedan buyers, Toyota introduced a mild facelift for the Yaris last year. Despite Toyota’s effort to renew its offering, the Toyota Yaris does not see any improvement in sales performance. For that reason, currently, the Japanese car manufacturer has decided to introduce a CNG version of the sedan, making it the first car in the segment to offer this engine option.
Toyota Yaris CNG is reported to be developed in collaboration with Maruti
Reportedly, the Toyota Yaris CNG model is under development. Some earlier reports claimed that Toyota will source help from Maruti’s technology to build the new CNG option since two car manufacturers are engaging in a partnership. Currently, Toyota Yaris is on offer with only one petrol engine which is a 1.5-litre unit. It will be soon given a petrol-CNG powertrain option. The petrol engine can put out a top power of 107 Bhp and a maximum torque of 140 Nm. With the new CNG option, it is likely that the power output engine will slightly drop.
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It is expected that Toyota Yaris Petrol CNG will go on sales by the end of 2020. Alongside the update of new engine option, Toyota is also working on the new BSVI version of the petrol engine. The same engine will continue to team up with either a CVT transmission or a 5-speed manual gearbox. Apart from the new CNG option, it is unlikely that Toyota will add a new diesel unit to its engine line-up.
Toyota Yaris is not doing well in the sedan market in terms of sales
With the BSVI emission norms are coming close, the Toyota will have to part with the Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatchback. The discontinuation of these car models, especially the Etios, will affect the total sales of Toyota. Toyota Etios was a popular option in the commercial vehicle segment thanks to its ample interior space and reliable engine.
Toyota Yaris is now rivalling against the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. The sales of the Toyota Yaris is falling behind other competitors. Being among the few sedans to offer CNG option is expected to help Toyota Yaris create a unique selling point in the segment and attract more customers. To read the latest news and stories, visit IndianAuto.com.