The Toyota Vios has been the best-selling non-national B-segment saloon in Malaysia since it was first introduced in 2003. Now, it has entered its fourth generation, offered in two variants and with a starting price of RM89,600. Prior to the all-new 2023 Toyota Vios’s launch, we were invited to try the car out in Langkawi.
While the direct predecessor of the all-new Vios features a design that is in tune with current trends, it is based on the same chassis as the model that was introduced in 2013. Now, the 2023 Toyota Vios sits on all-new platform which Toyota says provides better comfort, better handling, and better cabin NVH.
On the outside, highlights of the all-new Vios include its new hammerhead shark-like front end, its fast back profile, and its set of large 17-inch wheels (for the range-topping G variant). As standard, the Vios is equipped with an aerokit which includes the sporty front bumper, sporty rear bumper, and side skirts. Differentiating the range-topping G variant and the base E variant are the windoe belt trims, the taillight indicators, and the wheel sizes.
Powering the Vios is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that makes 106 hp and 138 Nm, which is 1 hp and 2 Nm down from the older model. Toyota says that this has been done to improve the fuel efficiency of its B-segment saloon. Paired with the engine is Toyota’s new CVT which operates quite similarly to the dual-CVT. High sped driving is done via a gear while low speed driving is done via a belt.
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Inside, the all-new Vios boasts a totally revamped interior that manages to look more premium than its predecessors. You now get a head unit that supports both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The instrument cluster is also fully digital for the G variant with a 7-inch TFT display. As for ergonomics, the Vios is now finally equipped with tilt & telescopic steering adjustment as opposed to tilt-only in the previous generations. This, however, is only available in the G variant.
Safety-wise, the Vios also now has a much more solid portfolio, now equipped with Lane Departure Prevention, Front Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Control, and Auto High Beam. The last three features are only available in the G variant. Want to know more about the all-new Vios? Watch our video to find out!
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Dugong. Ikan keli. Walrus. Now hammerhead shark.