In India, the 2017 Toyota Vios might come with the 1.5L petrol & 1.4L diesel engine, and two gearbox options.
Toyota is, currently, dominating two fastest growing segments – SUV (with Fortuner) and MPV (with Innova Crysta) in India. Now aiming to tap the mid-size sedan segment, the Japanese carmaker will bring in the Toyota Vios sedan in the country. This mid-size sedan is already on sale in some Asian markets including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. In India, the Japanese carmaker will reportedly bring in the sedan’s third generation model that recently received a facelift. This new entrant in the compact sedan segment will face challenge from cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The Japanese carkmaker is planning to launch the Vios sedan in India before 2018 Diwali, claims a report. Earlier this year, a completely camouflage prototype of the sedan was spied testing revealing minimal design details were visible (that too of the rear profile). The noticeable changes include the new shark fin antenna, revised C-Pillar design, horizontal taillight enclosures, re-designed bumper and a square shaped fuel inlet lid. Read About: Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol
– Aggressive front
– Projector headlamps
– LED daytime running lamps
– Sharp curves all around the body
– Lots of chrome on front grille, door handles and boot
– Dual-tone black and beige interior
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– Lots of chrome inserts
– Leather upholstery
– Start-stop button
– Automatic climate control
– Theft Deterrent system
– Dual airbags
– Anti-lock braking system
– Eco meter
– Push start system
– Smart entry system
– Engine immobilizer
According to an Autocar report, Toyota India is planning to roll out the new Vios sedan by mid 2018 (i.e. before festive season). Though, no official word has been made on the same. Ahead of its official launch, the saloon might make its public debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. Check Out: Upcoming Toyota Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 7.5 lalk|
|Top Model||Rs 10 lakh|
With an aim to price the sedan competitively, Toyota aims to localise production of the Vios sedan. The new mid-size sedan could be priced as low as Rs 7.5 lakh for the entry-level variant, and up to Rs 10 lakh for the top-end variant.
The sedan has aggressive detailing on the front fascia. Some of its design and styling bits have been borrowed from the new Corolla Altis and the Camry. There are new projector headlamps with LED light guide and LED DRLs (daytime running lights), V-shaped chrome treated grille and new fog lamps. The flared wheel arches with 15-16-inch alloy wheels further enhance its upmarket look. Design attributes such as rising shoulder line, pronounced wheel arches, tweaked C-pillar design, chrome ORVM caps, new shark fin antenna and supporting lines sharpen its side facet. Round the back, Vios gets wrap-around tail-lamps, a large bumper and a thin chrome strip running across the boot lid. The horizontal taillamps resemble to the Yaris hatchback.
In Thailand, the Toyota Vios is being offered in six exterior colour schemes – Quartz Brown Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Super White, Red Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic and Gray Metallic. The company may roll out Vios with similar colour options in India. Read – Toyota Yaris Ativ To Replace Ageing Etios Sedan in India
|Ground Clearance||160mm -165mm|
Numerically, Vios will measure 4,420mm in length, 1,700mm in width and 1,475mm in height. This will make it 22mm shorter than the Honda City, which is 4,442mm long. Wheelbase will be 2550mm, inferring comfortable space inside and the ground clearance will be between 160mm to 165mm. Boot capacity will be generous around 506-litres, offering enough space for storing luggage.
The well laid-out interior is reminiscent of Camry sedan with plush styling and high tech features packed inside. The Thailand-spec model is available with four different interior themes, depending on the variant one picks. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits on the dashboard and use of chrome infuses contemporary bits. It supports Bluetooth and USB connection. Additionally, it also sports a 2-DIN audio system with steering mounted controls, multi-info driving display, leather upholstery, keyless operations and automatic air conditioning, Eco meter, smart entry system and engine immobilizer.
In terms of safety, the Vios ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)/EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) system and brake assist, rear view camera, third brake light, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) and TRC (Traction Control), TDS (Theft Deterrent System), front airbag SRS, seat belts front and rear, whiplash injury lessening and immobilizer.
|1.5-litre petrol||107bhp & 141Nm|
|Atkinson cycle petrol engine + electric motor||–|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
The Thailand-spec Vios uses a 2NR-FBE 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Dual VVT-i engine that is capable of generating a maximum power output of 108bhp at 6000rpm against a peak torque of 140Nm at 4200rpm. All variants of the sedan get a CVT gearbox and front-wheel drivetrain as standard. For the Indian market, Toyota will include a diesel engine along with a petrol motor.
There is yet no official confirmation from Toyota on the engine line-up, but it is expected that Vios carline will come with the 1.5-litre petrol engine making 108bhp and 141Nm of torque This motor could be benefited with Toyota’s CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) or dual VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligent) technology. Read: Toyota Yaris Might Come To India
The gasoline unit is claimed to achieve the 100kmph mark within 12 seconds while maintaining a top speed of 170kmph. In addition, Toyota could also spawn a small Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with an electronic motor. On the other hand, the Vios diesel could source power from the 1.4-litre powertrain from the Etios and Corolla models. Transmissions for feeding power will include a 5-speed manual unit and a CVT.
|Petrol Model||15kmpl – 16kmpl|
|Hybrid Model||21kmpl – 22kmpl|
Joining the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz, Toyota Vios is likely to return decent fuel economy. The estimated mileage for the petrol variant is rated between 15 to 16kmpl as against the diesel version expected to deliver between 21 to 22kmpl. Read – Toyota CH-R Crossover Looks Stunning
In the compact sedan segment Vios will take on Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz , Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.