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2017 Toyota Vios facelift (Honda City rival) launched in Thailand

2017 Toyota Vios facelift is priced from 609,000 baht (RM76,621 or INR 11.78 lakh) to 789,000 baht (RM99,268 or INR 15.26 lakh).

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Launched in the B segment sedan category, the new Vios facelift sees some changes in its exterior design and interior lay out. Its exterior design is reminiscent of the all-new Camry Hybrid, launched in the US earlier this month. It gets six exterior body colour schemes that include Red Mica Metallic, Quartz Brown Metallic, Super White, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic and Attitude Black Mica.

Exteriors also boast of projector headlamps, integrated LED lights, new T shaped front grille and new LED fog lamps. At the rear are seen new body graphics, LED lights and a chrome boot lid bar along with fluid fog lamps. The new Vios facelift sits on 15” or 16” alloy wheels and gets a reverse camera depending on variant. 2017 Toyota Vios facelift is offered in four variants that include the 1.5J, 1.5E, 1.5G and 1.5S.

Interiors also see some changes as compared to its earlier counterpart. It will continue to receive a double DIN 7” touchscreen audio system, keyless entry, leather or black fabric upholstery, and automatic climate controls while it gets four new interior themes which will depend on variants. In terms of safety, the 2017 Toyota Vios facelift will be seen with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and collision safety body. It also gets Isofix anchors and Vehicle Stability Control with traction controls.

2017 Toyota Vios facelift is powered by a 2 NR-FBE 1.5 liter, four cylinder petrol engine. This engine is capable of 108 bh peak power at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm torque at 4,200 rpm mated to a CVT automatic gearbox.

Speaking about India launch, it was reported earlier that Toyota will not be bringing Vios to India as they plan to produce a new car on the Etios platform. But, Japan’s Nikkei now reveals that they are in fact going to bring the Vios sedan to India. The car has already been spied on test in India.

As per the report, Toyota Vios will be produced at Toyota Kirloskar Motor plant in Bangalore, from where the Etios is also being produced. It will be positioned in the C2 segment in which Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna are the leaders. With a plan to roll out about 50,000 units per year, production of Toyota Vios will be launched in India in 2-3 years.

Toyota Vios has already proved itself in Thailand where it has been welcomed due to its modern stance and quality interiors. Measuring more than 4.4 meters in length, the Vios promises enhanced interior space. Vios is on sale in over eight countries with sales during 2016 crossing the 220,000 units mark.

Toyota Vios is expected to launch in both automatic and manual transmissions in India with a price ranging from INR 7.5 to 10 lakhs. The mid sized, five seater sedan will instantly appeal to Indian buyers due to its sophistication and contemporary stance with a host of interior advancements and exterior highlights.