With the Toyots Corolla beign positioned as a more premium offering in India, the Japanese manufacturer has no presence in the C segment sedan category. Now though, Toyota will launch a new car, the Vios to take on the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Volkswagen Vento and the Hyundai Verna amongst others.
The Vios is based on the Corolla Furia concept car that we saw in 2013 and eventually went on to become the US-spec Corolla. The Vios shares its grille with the Indian Corolla but has a sportier front bumper with a large octagonal air intake. Toyota’s X design philosophy has made its way into the Vios too. The Vios also gets a set of flared wheel arches and a distinct shoulder line that gives it a distinct character. Around the back, the Vios gets a set of large tail lamps and a large chrome strip running across the length of the booth in a bid to boost the premium appeal of the car.
The Indian version of the new Toyota Vios is expected to carry a dual tone — black and beige dashboard. The interiors resemble the one seen on its elder sibling Toyota Corolla Altis, which isn’t a bad thing. The cabin is said to have plenty of smart storage space and cubby holes, including useable door pockets. Apart from a basic music system, the new Toyota Vios could also sport a touchscreen infotainment system and automatic gearbox option on the top-of-the-line variants. Toyota has not given its car buyer an opportunity to complain about the interior quality so far, the only exception being the mundane design of the Toyota Etios, which was built for the price tag it carried
Expect the Vios to be offered with the 1.5-litre petrol engine as well as the 1.4-litre diesel engines found in the Etios and Liva. Gearbox options are expected to include the five-speed manual, seven-speed CVT box and the six-speed manual for the diesel. Expect the Toyota Vios to be priced around the Rs 8-11 lakh mark and offer great value for money for someone looking for a no-nonsense solution to point-to-point mobility.
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Unlike the Toyota Etios compact-sedan which received moderate response, the bigger Toyota Vios seems to have the right mix to become a runaway success, provided the mid-sized sedan is priced smartly in India.
To fill the gap between the Etios sedan and the Corolla, Toyota will bring the Vios to Indian shores. The latest Toyota Vios sedan will go up against the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and theVolkswagen Vento. For more details of all the upcoming cars from Toyota log on to zigwheels.com
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