Toyota is reportedly planning to launch the Vios sedan in the Indian market next year. A mid-2018 launch is being targeted as per reports and the company has internally targeted Diwali next year for launching this upcoming Honda City rival. Toyota is already selling the popular Fortuner and Innova models, which rack up average sales volumes of 2,000 and 6,000 units on a monthly basis and the Corolla was initially successful but sales volumes declined thereafter.
However, the Vios may be a game changer for the company if it is heavily localized and priced competitively. The Vios is already sold in major markets like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia and could be slightly cheaper than the Honda City as well. The Vios comes with a contemporary nose, grille and headlight cluster along with the anvil-shaped aggressive intake, which gets a black finish. There are slats for a new look along with daytime running LEDs with vertical alignment.
The car’s stance is elegant with a signature crease line going to the rear from the front wheel. The side skirt is positioned upwards over the rear wheel with rear inserts at the bottom end of the bumper. The boot is practical enough and there are big taillights. The Vios is shorter than the Honda City and has a smaller wheelbase as well. However, the Vios is wider like the Etios and this may give it a major advantage in the Indian market.
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The front seats are big enough with ample rear legroom ensured by the Vios. The Vios is expected to get a 1.5 litre petrol engine that makes 108 hp and this 16-valve DOHC engine will also get the dual VVT-I feature. There may be a CVT version of the Vios in the Indian market with 7 pre-selected steps for the manual mode.
The diesel Vios may not come to the Indian market initially. Toyota may introduce this car sometime later with the 1.4 D4D engine that makes 88 hp. This engine is currently used for the Toyota Corolla Altis. A sporty TRD version may also be launched for the Vios in the near future.