Toyota has introduced the third generation Vios, with a new powertrain and EEV certified, available in six variants including the new GX variant, priced from RM76,500 OTR with insurance.
The new powertrain consists of a new 2NR-FE 1.5L engine with a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with Dual VVT-i that generates 105hp at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 140Nm at 4,200rpm.
Toyota claims the new engine and CVT provides 18% better fuel economy on the new Vios compared to its predecessor, which uses a four-speed automatic transmission, which it estimates could potentially amount to RM529 savings on fuel a year.
Contributing to the improved fuel economy is the CVT which incorporates a torque converter to provide smoother operation with less shift shocks, as the computer will maintain the transmission ratio at optimum based on driving conditions and to enhance fuel efficiency within the 0 to 100km/h speed range.
There is also a seven-speed Sport Sequential Shift mode for those who prefer to change gears manually.
Safety-wise, the Vios now comes with vehicle stability control (VSC) as standard on all variants, compared to before when it was only available in the more expensive models.
Other safety features include ABS with EBD and brake assist, while the 1.5 TRD Sportivo, 1.5 GX and 1.5 G variants are fitted with rear disc brakes for extra stopping power.
Additionally, it is also equipped with Isofix, airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as a knee brace below the dashboard to prevent injury to the driver’s legs in the event of a collision, and the seats are also designed to prevent whiplash.
It also boasts 506 litres of boot space, which can be increased when the back seats are folded down, with a bootlid that opens to a vertical position for easier loading and the lift-over height of 675mm makes lifting heavy luggage into the boot easier.
The Vios now comes in two new exterior colours, Crimson Spark Red Metallic and Super White II, in addition to the existing three colours – Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic and Attitude Black – while another new colour, White Pearl CS, is only available on the 1.5 TRD Sportivo variant.
All variants have black interior colour schemes, with red highlights on the leather seats in the 1.5 TRD Sportivo and blue illumination for the other variants, while the upholstery in the new 1.5 GX is perforated two-tone (black and saddle tan) with new cubic print trim design with a metal hairline pattern.
As with all the latest Toyota models since April, the new Vios comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
We’ve tested it out for ourselves, read about it here.
PRICE (OTR including GST with insurance)
1.5 J with five-speed manual – RM76,500
1.5 J with CVT – RM79,800
1.5 E with CVT – RM83,900
1.5 G with CVT – RM89,800
1.5 GX with CVT – RM92,800
1.5 TRD Sportivo with CVT – RM96,400