Toyota India do not have any product to compete against the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and other cars of the segment. The Etios falls in the C1 segment while the Toyota Corolla has its seat in the D1 sedan segment. The C2 sedan segment is untouched by the Japs which is a growing segment in India. So, Toyota is planning to bring in a new entrant in India which will fill up the space in the C2 sedan segment for Toyota. This new vehicle would be the Toyota Vios.
Toyota Vios is currently one of the best selling sedans in Thailand. It had received a huge amount of appreciation from people there and Toyota thinks that it would get the same or even better response in India. Toyota knows that for Indians the looks of the car matters as much as its price and therefore, the Vios would prove to be the perfect car for the Indian market. The Toyota Vios is based on the new design philosophy of Toyota. The car is certainly capable of turning heads. The side profile of the Vios looks very stylish and elegant. It has a sportiness in it but at the same time it could be a family car. The front end of the Vios has got very aggressive looking projector headlamps and the front chrome grille whose horizontal lines merge into the top of the headlamps makes the Vios one of the stylish looking cars. The sharp lines and creases all along the car gives it a touch of modernization. The roof line of the Vios is carefully tailored to smoothen out as it reaches the rear end of the car. The rear end has got striking LED tail lamps which do remind me of the elegant Toyota Camry. The nicely sculpted boot lid with the chrome line looks fantastic.
The Toyota Vios would be available in two engine options; a 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine which will produces a max power of around 140 PS and a peak torque of 173 Nm. The other option would be a 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine which churns out 88.4 PS of max power and much greater amount of torque than the petrol variant. Toyota would also make available an option of choosing between a 7 speed CVT or a 6 speed manual transmission with the petrol variant. While the diesel engine will be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission only.
Toyota has definitely gained a point for the design of the Vios. And it should be welcomed in India with open arms. Although, the launch date is still not known but according to some sources in Toyota we can expect the Vios to land on the Indian shores by the second quarter of 2015. Toyota will price the Vios aggressively in order to give a tough competition to the well established Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. It will be a war of the Japs and Koreans which should not be missed.