In India, the 2017 Toyota Vios will come with two engines – a 1.5L petrol & 1.4L diesel, and two gearbox options.
Toyota Motor Thailand has introduced the 2017 Toyota Vios sedan at a starting price of 609,000 baht (around Rs 11.75 lakh). The same model will arrive in the Indian market towards the end of this or early next year. The Thailand-spec model is being offered in four variants – 1.5J, 1.5E, 1.5G and 1.5S – paired to a CVT gearbox and FWD system. In India, the Toyota Vios will bridge the gap between the Etios and Corolla Altis.
Production hub for the Toyota Vios will be TKMPL’s (Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd) Bangalore based facility. This premium sedan will come with two engines – 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel – and a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox options. Reports suggest that Toyota India might introduce the hybrid technology on the sedan. Based on a global platform, this premium sedan will face challenge from cars like Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Though the carmaker hasn’t yet revealed its India launch details, we expect the new Toyota mid-sized sedan by the end of this year or early next year. Check Out: A List of Upcoming Toyota Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 7.5 lalk|
|Top Model||Rs 10 lakh|
With an aim to hold out against the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, the new Toyota sedan could be priced quite aggressively. Prices of the saloon are estimated to range between Rs. 7.5 lakh – Rs.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
|1.5-litre petrol||107bhp & 141Nm|
|Atkinson cycle petrol engine + electric motor||–|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
The Thailand-spec 2017 Toyota Vios comes with a 2NR-FBE 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Dual VVT-i engine that’s good for 108bhp (at 6,000rpm) and 140Nm (at 4,200rpm). This powertrain is paired to a CVT gearbox, supported by front-wheel drivetrain system. On the other hand, the India-spec version will be offered with both petrol and diesel fuel options.
The petrol unit is a 1.5-litre producing 107bhp and 141Nm of torque, while the tech specs of the diesel motor are yet to be revealed. The petrol mill is capable to achieve 0-100kmph in 12 seconds, and a top speed of 170kmph. As mentioned above, the sedan might also be offered with a small Atkinson cycle petrol engine coupled to an electric motor. For performing transmission duties, there could be a 5-speed manual and a CVT. Also Read: New Toyota Fortuner – All You Need to Know
|Petrol Model||15kmpl – 16kmpl|
|Hybrid Model||21kmpl – 22kmpl|
Wearing new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a prominent T-shaped grille, and new fog lamps, the 2017 Vios looks premium from the front fascia. The saloon rides on 15 – 16-inch alloy wheels, and features flared wheel arches and bold shoulder lines. Towards the rear, the car gets thin chrome bootlid bar connecting LED taillights. Based on the Yaris hatchback, Toyota’s all-new sedan will be significantly longer, wider and taller than the Etios sedan.
While the Vios measures 4,410mm in length, 1,700mm in width and 1,475mm in height, the Etios is 4,265mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,510mm tall. Despite having a large wheelbase of 2550mm, the Vios offers a short turning radius of 5.1mm. The global-spec model of the Toyota Vios has a low ground clearance of 147mm. Though, the India-bound model is likely to have a ground clearance around 160-165mm. This will surely enhance its handling and drivability on rough Indian terrains.
Interior design of the Toyota Vios seems inspired from the new Camry sedan. Though, it’s more premium and feature-rich than the former. The Thailand-spec model comes with four different interior themes that vary variant-wise. The saloon gets a touchscreen infotainment system and lots of chrome inserts here and there. The list of features includes a 2-DIN audio system with steering mounted controls, leather upholstery, multi-info driving display, keyless operations and automatic air conditioning, an Eco meter, a smart entry system and engine immobilizer.
As far as safety go, the sedan comes equipped with dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), brake assist, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors, a collision safety body, traction control and VSC (vehicle stability control). Though, there is no clarity whether the India-spec model will have these features or will devoid of them. The Vios has a luggage capacity of 506-litres, which is more than sufficient to carry 4 travel suitcases.
In India, the new Toyota sedan will have multiple rivals including Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Ford Aspire and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Similar to the Thailand-spec model, the India-bound Vios might come in six exterior paint options – Quartz Brown Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Super White, Red Mica Metallic, Gray Metallic and Silver Metallic.
|Ground Clearance||160mm -165mm|
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
Automatic climate control
Theft Deterrent system
Anti-lock braking system
Push start system
Smart entry system