India is a unique country in every respect. We have our own set of rules and protocol that we follow every day because the conditions are starkly different from the rest of the world. This is why so many things that work for the rest of the world often fail in our country. It's only through years of extensive research that a handful of international brands are able to crack the Indian market, and Toyota is a prime example of that.
The world's second largest car manufacturer has seen unprecedented success in India through its automobile offerings in the past which have been consistently conditioned for Indian roads. And their latest offering, the Toyota Yaris, looks no short of features customised for India. Why do we think so? The answer to that is the great Indian road trip! Our road trips are unlike others because of the diverse topography and economic conditions one experiences while on these journeys. Through an extensive survey, we recognised some of the biggest problems encountered during road tripping in India and found why Yaris is a perfect solution to them. Without further ado, let's dig deeper.
The roads in India are notorious for their unpredictable and often questionable conditions. Those damaged patches on the highways can be fatal. Hence, extra control on the car is a necessity. The Yaris boasts of fantastic features such as Optimized Suspension for smooth & comfortable drives on any kind of road, letting you explore the country without worrying about wear.
The sedan also covers a nagging scepticism that comes naturally with driving in our country – constant worry for safety. We can’t always trust the driving abilities of others on the road, and so we prepare ourselves for the worst and drive extra cautiously. What we’ve found is that the Yaris takes this precaution into consideration and makes amends for the same. The revolutionary 7 SRS airbags across all variant give you a new level of mental peace on treacherous patches. Even having disc brakes on all tyres helps, with their consistent braking powers and enhanced braking capabilities. The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) offers enhanced fuel economy and alerts the driver in case of a less-than-optimal level of tyre pressure. ABS+EBD is a standard feature across all variants of the Yaris and has been lauded across customer forums and publishers for adding to the control one has over the handling of the car. All these are measures of extra safety that every family could use, in the city and on a road trip.
Speaking of road trips, the routes themselves are often tiring. India is the seventh largest nation in this world with the second largest population, and so there’s always a high number of people driving on the nearly endless highways every day, with a relatively limited number of sanitary stops or refreshment options that all types of vehicles can explore. To reduce the stress during the drive itself, the Yaris has cruise control and paddle shift features that enable the drivers keep their focus on the road while being comfortable. With cruise control, the drivers can opt for easy, uninterrupted drives across suitable roads. Via the paddle shift, they can change the control from manual to auto (and vice versa), according to their convenience. The power driver seat brings ease of control for drivers by letting them adjust the seat in more than one axis, including height and distance from steering. Longer road trips are bound to be easier to handle now.
Then again, we’re in a country that unlike its western counterparts, faces traffic jams on the highways. We’re talking about kilometres on kilometres of all kinds of transport waiting in files, or maybe not, to pass a bottleneck. It’s chaotic to say the least and can challenge the most patient driver’s self-control. In such instances, the Yaris helps diffuse the tension and stress with its performance and comfort features. For instance, the HSEA (IR Cut) Acoustic & Vibration Control Glass brings down the noise from outside as well as the glare of the sun by cutting down the UV and Infrared rays entering the car, making the inside of the car a peaceful space. Coupled with the rear sunshade and roof mounted air vents with ambient illumination, it can help cool the rising tempers within the car. If the vehicle has to stop and start on an uphill route, the Hill-Start Assist Control allows a more controlled start on steep hills. The 7 Speed Super CVT-i, available across all variants, makes transmission between speeds smoother, allowing you to keep at pace with the vehicles around you, without stressing on the gear.
The road isn’t the only place where your choice of car matters. Road trips bring with those opportunities to discover and unearth different cultures as we are on the move. The adventurous ones among us drive by so many small towns and villages while heading to your ultimate destination. And since the paths are really narrow in most of those stops, meandering through the streets is often a challenge. The Toyota Yaris pre-empted this circumstance and introduced the front and rear parking sensors, making parking an easy task. Along with the sensors and a rear view camera, it helps that the sedan has a stunningly short turning circle radius at a tight 5.1 metres. So exploring deeper into the crevices of Indian culture and locales becomes a welcome experience.
Inside the car, having less than perfect comfort is not an option, especially for those of us traveling with family. "Papa AC neeche karo!", "Papa AC fast karo!", are just two of the several appeals made by people sitting in the rear seat during the summer. Let's be honest, most car air conditioners just don't cater as well to the backseat passengers as they do to the front. But it’s time to change that perception as well. The Auto Air Conditioner with roof-mounted air vents and ambient illumination provides deliberate and quality comfort for all the passengers in the car, by uniformly allowing the flow of cool air. The rear flat floor is a bonus, giving the third passenger at the back additional leg room to sit comfortably, instead of scrunching up their knees for the long drive. And with the 60:40 rear split seats, you can customise the luggage you’re taking with you, and optimise the space of the Yaris. Barbeque sets, mini-fridges, cycling gear? Why not?
Music and in-car entertainment make long journeys more pleasant for everyone. The LED Infotainment and Navigation with Gesture control in the Yaris bring you ease of access to your entire music collection and more. The infotainment system can be controlled with hand gestures, allowing easier and more intuitive control on the entertainment, as well as navigation. So it lets you focus on driving while you use it.
Finally, the most Indian problem of them all – the budget. A part of the trip that makes many travellers opt for the discomfort of the public transport instead of the comfort of their own automobile. Toyota Yaris' outstanding Eco Information on Multi-Information Display enables the driver or the group to measure and gauge the fuel expenses, and make on-the-go, economical decisions for their travel. The Eco Information displays the fuel cost savings history or the fuel consumption history from the current month, the last 3 months, and the same month last year, so your approximations are relatively accurate. The Eco Information on MID also displays the average fuel consumption history, making starting the trip itself, a less daunting hurdle.
At Tripoto, we have a relentless propensity of motivating you to pack your bags and travel as much as you can but if you are road tripping to your destination, it's only natural that you and your friends or family drive a car that's equipped to handle all possible adversities of the road. We Indians, always want a car that is a multi-benefit investment which does not compromise on design or comfort. In our opinion, Toyota Yaris is indeed the sedan that will elevate us from mere travellers to real explorers.
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