Next-gen Toyota Vios undergoes testing, debut later this year

Next-gen Toyota Vios undergoes testing, debut later this year

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being on the market for 9 years in its current iteration, the Toyota Vios continues to be a popular choice in the segment. However, the Japanese market has now decided to replace it with new-gen Vios. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When will the next-gen Toyota Vios launch?

    The next-gen Toyota Vios will make its global debut in Thailand in the third quarter of 2022.
  • On which platform, the new Vios will be based?

    The new Toyota Vios will be based on the new DNGA platform (Daihatsu New Global Architecture), which offers benefits like weight savings, improved rigidity and better safety.
  • It is already confirmed that the upcoming version will be based on the new DNGA platform (Daihatsu New Global Architecture), and the first market to receive it will be Thailand.  The new underpinning will lead to weight savings, improved rigidity and better safety.

    Daihatsu New Global Architecture

    The first images of the next-gen Toyota Vios have now surfaced online, courtesy of the Thai publication Headlight Mag. The sedan was spotted while testing in the country ahead of the debut in the third quarter of 2022.

    Toyota Vios

    In the spied images, we can figure out a large radiator grille on the front edged by new slim headlights. The rounded design of the existing model is likely to be replaced by the angular surfaces with crisp lines. The upcoming sedan is expected to get inspiration from the Daihatsu DN F-Sedan Concept, showcased at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

    While no official details are revealed on the powertrain specs, the new Vios is likely to come with a hybrid mechanical setup. Our speculation is backed by the fact that Daihatsu is part of the Toyota family; so along with the platform the automaker can also borrow the e-Smart hybrid mill from the Daihatsu Raize. 

    Toyota Vios

    The said powertrain combines a 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which is good for making 105 horsepower and 170 Nm of torque. The former acts as a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery and the latter sends the power to the front wheels while eliminating the need for a gearbox. The fuel consumption of the mill is rated at 3.57 litres per 100 km (on the WLTC cycle).

    Well, these are just expectations and we have to wait for Toyota to reveal some official details. So, stay tuned with us. 

    Image courtesy: Headlight Mag

    Also read: UMW Toyota reports April 2022 sales

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