About Toyota Vios
Toyota's upcoming mid-sized sedan christened Vios is already on sale in emerging markets where it is positioned beneath Corolla. In Indian market, Vios could be positioned in the C+ segment where it will field against strong contenders that have already set a high standard in terms of styling. Looks apart, the pricing has to be aggressive to attenuate competition around.
Toyota Vios Preview
Spotted testing in India, Vios wears Toyota’s new design language visible in modified Corolla saloon. Learning from the mistakes Toyota did with Etios, Vios has been styled much better not just on the outside but also on the inside which was a huge let down in the former. Engine choices could include one petrol engine and one diesel engine borrowed from Etios and Corolla Altis respectively. Transmission duties are likely to be performed by two manual and one automatic gearbox. In terms of pricing, Toyota is expected to be lenient just as in the case of Etios.
Toyota Vios Exteriors
Toyota Vios’ exteriors are based on the new design language embraced by Corolla and Camry. Nose features sleek chrome radiator grille reminiscent of Corolla saloon. The sleek front grille is flanked by the lean swept-back head lamps. India-bound model could also feature daytime running lights. Lower side of the bumper gets large air intake which is ringed by hexagonal grille. The large fog lamp housing could feature splash of chrome used neatly. Side profile appears aggressive too highlighted by the sharp shoulder line. Arches and wheels are spaced well; subtle creases are evident on the side profile. Rear could feature a chrome strip running across the boot lid. Wrap around tail lamps and fog lamps could ornate the rear as well.
Toyota Vios Interiors
Low quality of material used in the cabin of Etios was a huge put off in the sedan. Thankfully, Toyota has worked on the interiors of Vios which appear very similar to the 2014 version of Corolla saloon. Especially the design cues have been borrowed from the Corolla sedan along with a number of features. Utility space has been given prominence to avail generous storage room within the cabin. A dual-tone colour scheme is likely to be enveloped inside. Among the features expected to be packed in the cabin steering mounted controls, climate controls, 2-DIN music system and rear AC vents are included.
Toyota Vios Engine Specifications
For the Indian market, Toyota will employ petrol and diesel engines under the hood of the new Vios. Petrol variants are likely to house a 1.5 litre engine serving in Etios sedan. Diesel line-up could come armed by a 1.4 litre D-4D diesel engine which currently powers Corolla Altis saloon. Transmission choices on the other hand could comprise of a conventional five-speed manual, a six-speed manual (for diesel engine) and a seven-speed CVT tranny.
Toyota Vios Competition
C+ segment in India has a number of contenders vying to reach pinnacle, currently the segment has three prominent players including Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The competition is cut throat in this segment, hence to be noticed, Vios has to have a mix of tasteful styling, advanced features and responsive engines topped by a viable pricing.
Toyota Vios Expected Price
Toyota has been cautious pricing its non-premium cars and hopefully it will continue to follow the tradition. The outright denial of introducing a vehicle below Rs 4 lakh by the company of late cleared the intent to not compromise on the quality to mint numbers. Keeping that in mind, the new Vios is likely to be priced on the lines as its competitors in the segment. Agreed that aggressive pricing is requisite but Toyota will try to restrict price within Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12 lakhs.
Toyota Vios Expected Launch
Launch is expected to take place in 2018, but we can expect to see the glimpse of sedan at the 2016 Auto Expo.
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