Back in the 90's, Toyota was marketing three primary variants for the Corolla 1993-1997 (Big Body) and from 1997-2001 (Love Life): the XL (1.3L with un-assisted “pawis” steering), the XE (1.3L with power steering), and the GLi (1.6L with all power features). Toyota's naming nomenclature changed after that for the Corolla Altis (from 2001), using letters such as J, E, and G.

Now, Toyota Motor Philippines appears to be reintroducing the XE badge, this time with the Vios, as Toyota has just announced that they will be offering a new mid-range variant called the Vios XE. The new version will be positioned just above the Vios 1.3 J, and just below the Vios 1.3 E and for PhP 735,000.

“Now more than ever, Filipino drivers will get to experience the comfort of automatic transmission while enjoying all the hallmark features of the Toyota brand,” said TMP First Vice President Cristina Arevalo. 

Toyota PH revives mid-range XE badge for 2019 Vios image

We actually expected Toyota to un-tick some of the specs to build the Vios XE, but that doesn't seem to be the case for the most part. The Vios XE comes with a 7-inch touchscreen audio unit with CD, MP3, weblink for iOS/Android, Bluetooth, as well as a USB and an auxiliary input socket. As with the Corolla XE of the 90's, this one comes with power steering, and even comes with front and rear power windows as well as power door locks for security. 

As with all other variants of the Vios, the XE comes with all the safety features expected of the model. Seven SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and an anti-lock brake system (ABS) are all standard. The Vios has been given the maximum 5-star safety rating after a series of crash tests by ASEAN NCAP.

Powering the Vios XE is the 1.3-liter Dual VVT-i straight four motor. Also, despite being a relatively entry grade version, the Vios XE is the most affordable variant that comes with an CVT and not a manual gearbox. 

The Vios XE, like other variants, are made at the Toyota factory in Santa Rosa, Laguna. 

2019 Toyota Vios 1.3 XE – PhP 735,000