Toyota is trying to tighten its grab in the country’s auto market with new and facelifted products. One of the upcoming models from the Japanese car manufacturer is the Vios sedan. This car is expected to launch here by the end of this year. It will arrive following the brand’s latest strategy for the Indian market – offer more unique, upmarket and premium cars. Positioned at the C segment, the Toyota Vios will throw challenge to the established rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna.
Interestingly, most of the above mentioned rivals of the Vios have been facelifted recently. They appear very stylish and upmarket. To step into tough competition, Vios too needs to present itself as a very appealing product. Well, indeed it comes as a very attractive car. The Vios incorporates Toyota’s latest modern design language. The front fascia looks quite muscular with a large front grille, sharp headlamps with projector units, and sleek chrome slats running between the headlamps. The fog lamps sit neatly at both ends of the bold looking front bumper.
The sharp character lines, alloy wheels, chrome finished door handles, nicely curved roofline, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area – these design elements enhance the overall visual appeal of the midsize sedan. Rear of the Vios sports large wraparound taillights, which are joined by a sleek horizontal chrome slat just above the registration enclosure. The rear bumper looks muscular.
The interior of the Toyota Vios sedan is designed to impress the buyers at the very first glance. It dons a dual tone theme along with a multi-function steering wheel, three-pod instrument cluster comprising both analog dials and a digital MID. The centre console looks squarish and incorporates a touchscreen infotainment system. In terms of space and comfort, the Vios won’t disappoint the occupants. Toyota plans to offer this car with localised production, which will surely take the game up, as it will enable the company to keep Vios’ pricing aggressively competitive against the rivals.
On the powertrain front, the Toyota Vios sedan is expected to appear with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel unit as well. The same petrol and diesel engines work in the Toyota Platinum Etios and Etios Liva also. The 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine in the Thailand-spec Vios is capable of churning out 109 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. Both the petrol and diesel engines get mated to a 4-speed ECT automatic transmission. Expect the car to come priced between Rs. 9 lakh and Rs. 13 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected Launch: early 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 9 lakh – Rs. 13 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)