Toyota Motors Philippines has indeed given their B-segment contender a powertrain upgrade after the company officially launched the refreshed Vios and Yaris. Now benefitting from Dual VVT-i and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) option, Toyota aims to make both models deliver better performance and fuel efficiency.

The new NR engine for the 2016 Vios/Yaris

Replacing the outgoing NZ family of engines is the new NR series. First up is the 1.3-liter mill which produces 99 PS (+13 PS) at 6000 rpm and 123 Nm (+1 Nm) of torque at 4200 rpm. Next is the top-of-the range 1.5-liter motor that generates 108 PS (+1 PS) at 6000 rpm along with 140 Nm (-2Nm) of torque at 4200 rpm.

The 5-speed manual gearbox will still be available but the 4-speed automatic tranmission has been replaced by a CVT with a 7-speed sequential shift mode. With it, Toyota claimed that the new powertrain will help both cars achieve better mileage, power delivery and reduced emissions.

Inside the 2016 Toyota Vios/Yaris

Apart from the new engines and transmission, Toyota also said that the interior of the both models get a slight update as well. The Vios and Yaris get new sporty fabric seats and dark silver trim on the touchscreen infotainment.

The 2016 Toyota Vios

For aesthetics, the G variants of the Vios get new chrome trim pieces for the foglights. Also, the Vios gets two new color options: Alumina Jade Metallic and Blackish Red Mica. The Yaris, on the other hand, retained its color selection from the pre-facelift model.

The 2016 Toyota Yaris

Pricing of the upgraded Vios and Yaris are as follows:


1.3 Base – PhP 599,000
1.3 J M/T – PhP 637,000
1.3 E M/T – PhP 750,000
1.3 E CVT – PhP 800,000
1.5 G M/T – PhP 852,000 (White Pearl – PhP 867,000)
1.5 G CVT – PhP 902,000 (White Pearl – PhP 917,000)
1.5 TRD – PhP 976,000 (White Pearl – PhP 991,000)


1.3 E M/T – PhP 743,000
1.3 E A/T – Php 793,000
1.5 G A/T – PhP 883,000