Toyota has launched the redesigned Passo in Japan. Boasting a new 1.0 litre engine, it can now yield up to 27km/L, approximately 30% better than its predecessor. Toyota managed to achieve this by raising the engine’s compression ratio, optimizing valve timing, reducing engine friction, and using cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
In fact, now standard across the range for the two wheel drive models is the Toyota Start & Stop System, which cuts the engine at approximately 9km/h when slowing to a stop.
In terms of safety kit, the safety features across the board includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Emergency Brake Signal system. Higher specification models get electronic retractable side mirrors, and front door windows which rejects UV rays.
Interestingly enough, the Passo comes with 2 very different models, one for the Passo X and Passo G, while the other is the Passo +Hana. The Passo +Hana features softer front profile than the other Passo models, and has round motifs around the car.
Toyota Japan plans to sell 5,000 units of the Passo per month.