It’s been a long time coming, and after the preview given during the Kuala Lumpur International Motorshow, the new Toyota Vios has been officially launched just moments ago. Three variants available with the prices below:
|Vios 1.5J (AT)||RM77,200|
|Vios 1.5E (AT)||RM81,200|
|Vios 1.5G (AT)||RM87,300|
* OTR w/o insurance
The exterior has taken a fair bit of change including headlamps with follow me feature, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloys and LED rear combi lamp (G and E variants). The interior is now in black together with automatic air-conditioning. The Vios G sports a 4.2-inch optitron complemented with a multi-information display plus the seats and trims are wrapped in leather. The top-spec Vios E on the other hand gets the 6.8-inch DVD-AVX headunit with USB mirroring feature that has been on some local Toyotas for some time now.
The same can be said about the engine – a 4-cyl dual VVTI mill that makes 107ps and 140Nm, paired to a CVT. As a show of effort to inject some interesting-ness (actual word, that. No doubt), there’s a Sport mode, and an Eco Mode. Also, paddle shifters for the G variant.
The real useful features include Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature, the latter warning you of approaching vehicles you may not realise as reversing out of a parking spot. The car comes with two charging USB slots, electrochromic rear-view mirror, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist, and six airbags. The new Vios has been tested by ASEAN NCAP, giving it a maximum 5-star rating.
Buyers also get a pair of video recorders for the front and rear that does continuous recording with the display and recording integrated into the front DVR unit.
UMW Toyota Motor first launched the Vios model in Malaysia in 2003 and since then has sold almost a million units simultaneously making it the most popular model in the segment. Now, this third-gen Vios is expected to continue being a popular seller but assembled at the brand-new factory in Bukit Raja, Klang. There are five colour options to choose from: Dark Blue Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic, and Super White II.
The new Vios comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every buyer also enjoys a free 24SEVEN Road Assist membership for the first year that provides roadside assistance 24-hours a day, everyday of the week.