Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Inigo S. Roces | posted April 26, 2016 13:37
China-spec Toyota Vios gets restyled exterior, new engines
The much revered B-segment sedan from Toyota has received its mid-cycle update in China as the company unveiled the 2016 Vios at this year's Beijing International Auto Exhibition.
Bearing a more chiseled exterior, the China-spec 2016 Vios appears to borrow styling cues from the recently refreshed Camry. The front bumper gets a wider air intake finished in gray, along with repositioned foglights. It also has corner-mounted vertical LED daytime running lights (DRLs) that give it a more sophisticated look. Topping it all of is a gray grill and restyled projector halogens.
The side profile relatively remains the same, apart from the new multi-spoke alloy wheels that were first seen on the TH-spec 2016 Vios. The rear, on the other hand, has combination taillights that get minor tweaks. Moreover, the chrome trim for the trunk lid now extends into the rear lamps.
Interior details were not provided, though it is highly likely it will get the same revisions from the TH-spec Vios. Top-of-the-line models get a new climate control system while automatic variants will be fitted with a new gear lever.
Under the hood, the 2016 Vios gets Dual VVT-i technology along with a new transmission option. First is the 1.5-liter 2NR-FBE with flex-fuel tech. It puts out 108 PS at 6,000 rpm along with 140 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The 1.3 NR engines also get Dual VVT-i but does not support flex-fuel.
The old 4-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It has a seven-speed manual mode and is aimed to improve the B-segment sedan's fuel economy.
Toyota Motors Philippines (TMP) stressed however, that the updated Vios for the Philippine market will not be receiving any cosmetic changes, apart from the new engine and transmission options.
According to industry insiders, the updated 2016 Vios will be making its Philippine debut in the coming months.