Toyota will launch its sedan Vios next year in India and will showcase the car at the 2018 Auto Expo. According to a report by NDTV, the Vios launch will be followed in a couple of months from the showcase at the Auto Expo. The company has already launched the Vios in Thailand and might bring the same model in India. The Vios will be offered in petrol and diesel options will be positioned between Toyota Corolla Altis & Etios. The car will be an important one for the company as it'll give Toyota a presence in the hugely popular sedan segment consisting of cars such as the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento.
The Thailand spec version of Vios is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and it is expected that the company might bring the sedan in two engine options- a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre petrol engine develops 107 hp of power and 141Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a 5 -speed manual gearbox and CVT transmission.
On the exterior, the Vios will get new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, T-shaped grille, new fog lamps and will ride on 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels. Dimensionally, the sedan measures 4,410mm in length, 1,700mm in width, 1,475mm in height and 2,550mm wheelbase. Inside the cabin, the Vios gets a touch screen infotainment system, audio system with steering mounted controls, leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning and keyless entry. It however, remains to be seen as to what features does Toyota introduce in India.
In terms of safety, the Vios could get dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard across all variants in wake of the upcoming safety legislations. In addition, it might get brake assist, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors, traction control and VSC (vehicle stability control).
Toyota Motor launched the Vios in Thailand around at a price of 609,000 baht ( Rs 11.5 lakh) and it is expected that the Indian version might be launched under Rs.10 lakh in India. If priced competitively and packaged smartly, the Vios might give Toyota a strong foothold in a segment that is driven more by value-for-money in form of new features and technologies and not just a cheaper price-tag, something that Toyota got it wrong with the Etios.