2015 Toyota Vios: Malaysia's best-selling non-national brand sedan gets better
The Toyota Vios, now in its 3rd generation, was introduced back in October 2013, and has been the bestselling non-national car since 2008. The Toyota Vios continues to wow the market, meeting customer’s expectation for dynamic styling, interior with perceived high quality design and spacious rear cabin.
For the 2015 model year, the Vios has been upgraded significantly to make it even better value for money. Responding to feedback from customers as well as following market trends, a number of features have now been added, maintaining the position of the Vios as a car which meets customers’ high expectations.
The Vios 1.5E and 1.5J variants now have the extra convenience of the Smart Entry and Push Start system. With this feature available across the range, all Vios owners no longer need to use the remote control to lock/unlock the doors nor do they need a key to start the engine.
For those who have preferred the Vios 1.5G with a black interior, like the Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo, this is now offered in place of the beige theme. As before, leather upholstery is standard, now also in black.
Complementing the sporty image of the Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo is the addition of amber-coloured front foot illumination. For the Vios 1.5G, the illumination is blue in colour to provide a sense of relaxation and calmness.
New for the Vios 1.5G and 1.5E are scuff plates on the door sills. These provide protection for the sills which may accidentally be rubbed by shoes upon entering or exiting the car.
Inside the 2015 model, the ‘Value Beyond Belief’ concept that has given the cabin an impressive and class-above feel is maintained. Travelling comfort over long distances is assured with the ergonomically-sound structure of the front and rear seats. The sports seats installed in the Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo offer additional side support as well.
Chrome trim is more evident on the exterior of the new Vios 1.5E and 1.5J variants which now have chrome door handles (previous body colour). At the rear, the garnish strip that runs across the width of the bootlid is also finished in chrome, making for a classier image.
The powertrain specifications remain unchanged, with the 1.5-litre VVT-i engine and 4-speed Super ECT transmission having demonstrated reliability and economical running for many years. However, adhering to kaizen (constant improvement), little detail changes have been made which may not be apparent to customers.
Customers have a choice of accessories which they can include with their purchase of the new Vios. This includes Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film which provides safety and impedes break-ins and glass being shattered, while providing a cooler cabin. This item is standard on the 1.5 TRD Sportivo and 1.5G, and is optional for the 1.5E and 1.5J. It is fully compliant with JPJ regulations and comes with a 7-year warranty. There is also a new item, the Portable Tyre Pump that comes in standard for all variants, which enables inflation of the tyres anywhere, enabling owners to ensure that their tyres are always maintained at the correct pressures for optimum performance.
For those who want to give their Vios a sportier look, there is the optional 5-piece Aerokit with Daytime Running Light, which has been specially developed for the Vios. If selected by the customer, the accessories are installed by professionals at UMW Toyota Motor’s own Integrated Quality Hub. This ensures that the quality matches that of the rest of the car.
With the 2015 Vios, UMW Toyota Motor now offers a more advanced infotainment system. The new optional DVD-AVN system comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, connectivity with compatible smartphones that will allow connection to the internet, WiFi, HDMI, Bluetooth and even Voice Recognition. Besides using ‘sweep gestures’ for navigation, the owner can customise the display screen widgets. This system comes with reverse camera as well.
The new optional DVD-AVX system now comes with a larger 6.1-inch display screen (previously 5.8 inches) and has connectivity options such as USB, SD, AUX and Bluetooth. It comes with a reverse camera as well and images are shown on a screen with higher resolution.
As before, customers can choose from 5 exterior colours – White, Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Attitude Black, and Quartz Brown Metallic.
As with most models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Toyota Vios comes with a 3-year/100,000 km (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This reflects the confidence that UMW Toyota Motor has in the superior build quality of its vehicles, a hallmark of Toyota products.
The on-the-road price (individual private registration with insurance, metallic color, Peninsular Malaysia) are as follows:
|TOYOTA VIOS 1.5 TRD SPORTIVO
|TOYOTA VIOS 1.5G
|TOYOTA VIOS 1.5E
|TOYOTA VIOS 1.5J (AUTO)
|TOYOTA VIOS 1.5J (MANUAL)