Toyota Vios is officially launched in Malaysia. Vios is no longer a new name for Malaysian. The 2016 Toyota Vios is another high rated B segment sedan with the new Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certification. The new Vios is now with sporty style and enhanced driving experience, you will ‘Feel the Rush’ with the new 2016 Toyota Vios.
The design of 2016 Vios still remain identical with the previous model. Halogen reflector headlamp and LED daytime light come as a standard. Smart entry system and push start engine, 15 inch alloy wheels, power adjustable side mirror and read fog lamps available as standard kit for all models. Aerokits come as optional for 1.5J variant and standard for 1.5GX and 1.5 TRD Sportivo model.
All models are powered by a new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, the new engine is now more fuel efficient. The new CVT engine is now complement with 7-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic manual mode, replacing the old four speed automatic gearbox. However, the 1.5J variant will still retain the five-speed manual gearbox.
All new models come with ABS with EBD and Brake assist, however, likewise its previous model, dual airbags come as a standard for all new variants. Good news is all variant come with ISOFIX child seat, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction control (TRC) even for their base 1.5J variant. VSC is a system that helps to prevent side skids and helps to stabilize the vehicle while turning on a curve, simple saying that when the vehicle senses loss of traction, the braking system will be applied to the vehicle wheels and engine power in order to steer back to towards the inner curve.
The 1.5E variant features are further enhanced with power-folding wing mirrors with integrated indicator, 60:40 split folding rear seat, 4 car speakers, rear armrest with cupholder and the new 6.8 inch touch screen and infotainment system comes with reverse camera.
The G variant comes with projector headlamp, chrome grille, black leather upholstery, 6.8 inch touch screen infotainment system, 6 speakers and leather wrapped steering wheel. This model also comes with Toyota Premium Security and Solar film which is usually optional for 1.5E and 1.5G variants. The G variant comes with all necessary equipment and safety features, It would anticipated as one of the best-selling model for Toyota this time.
Next, the new GX model is added new in range. 1.5GX comes with new bodykit, smoked halogen projecting headlamp, dark chrome grille as well as black and saddle tan leather seats. The TRD Sportivo variant is now come with new bodykit and wheels different from the GX model as well as black and red stitching leather seats and steering wheels.
All prices are on the road price with insurance and five years of unlimited mileage warranty. There are optional gears and kits available for upgrade. Firstly, the DVD-AVX system with reverse camera on the J variants priced at RM3,169.40 DVD-AVN navigation system with a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen priced at RM2,109.40 and upgrade from original DVD-AVN system for models with DVD-AVX is priced at RM2,014.
The aerokit for new Vios also comes as an option for buyers. The GX’s aerokit is priced at RM2,332. Window film and tint will come as a choice of either Toyota Essential Solar Film at RM1,166 or Premium Security and Solar Film at RM2,109.40 for 1.5J and 1.5E variants. The in-car digital video recorder will sold separately at RM636.
Apart from Vios existing available color, the new color added into the range are Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Super White II and White Pearl CS (Only for 1.5TRD Sportivo). Also the existing color will be Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic and Attitude Black Mica.
Is the 2016 Toyota Vios able to grasp your attention this time? The new model was promoted as ‘Feel The Rush’ in order to break the perception of B-segment sedan cannot be sporty. This time with the added VSC and new gearbox, it will definitely improve the overall driving experience. The new introduced 1.5GX variant aims to opens up a new selection of sporty style sedan that comes with all necessary infotainment system. Vios has always been a hot selling model in Malaysia, but this time with the hype of the new Persona and Bezza and existing competitors like Mazda 2 and Honda City. Time will tell whether it is still able to uphold its sales sustainability.