Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Toyota | posted April 08, 2016 09:19
Relax, it has nothing to do with terrorism
Despite its rather controversial nomenclature in global context, the new 2016 Toyota Isis is probably the last thing from a war-mongering militant group. The Isis, while it shares its name with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is nothing but Toyota's new – and relatively harmless – 7-seater minivan for the local Japanese market. The Isis was actually named after a goddess from Ancient Egypt that's supposedly worshipped as the ideal mother or wife. A minivan for the perfect mother or wife, it's starting to make sense now then.
Having actually been in the market for years now, the 2016 Isis brings about a refresher for the small van. Starting off with the front, the Isis receives a mildly altered front fascia as well as new headlamps, giving the van a more modern aesthetic. Its interior receives a few changes as well, primarily with the use of different cloth material and upholstery.
A main change in the Toyota Isis comes from its transmission, having substituted a conventional automatic for a continuously variablt transmission dubbed the Super CVT-i. Supposedly this configuration allows the Isis' 1.8 liter petrol engine to boost its fuel economy to 6.5L/100km according to the JC08 standardized test cycle.
Prior to Toyota, Morris was actually first in naming a car 'Isis'. Perhaps back then however, there was no inappropriate context to the name compared to today.