Published on November 13th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota Vios, now with much improved engineering and dynamics
For the Improved Toyota Vios, a brand new powertrain is installed in the model. This consists of the new 2NR-FE engine and a CVT (Continuously-Variable Transmission) in place of the conventional 4-speed automatic transmission.
The new 2NR-FE engine, like the one it replaces, has a 1.5-litre displacement with a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head. However, where the previous engine had VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) on just the intake side, this new engine has Dual VVT-i which means that the opening/closing times of the valves on the exhaust side are also continuously variable according to driving conditions.
Besides having Dual VVT-i, the all-aluminium engine also uses Iridium spark plugs and the combustion chambers now have a tapered squish design to enhance the combustion process. Oil jets provide more efficient lubrication for the pistons which reduces friction. The engineers have also reduced noise and vibration with measures such as the installation of an enhanced engine cover.
Toyota’s own factory testing shows that the Improved Vios with the new engine and CVT can achieve 18% better fuel economy than the previous engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
For those who wish to drive in the most economical manner, there is an Eco Indicator. This small green light will appear on the instrument panel whenever the engine is running optimally and using fuel in the most efficient way.
By providing a ‘challenge’ to the driver to keep the Eco Indicator light on as much as possible, more economical driving can be achieved.
Contributing to the better fuel economy is CVT which incorporates a torque converter to provide much smoother operation with less shift shocks. The computer will always maintain the transmission ratio at optimum based on driving conditions and to enhance fuel efficiency within the 0 to 100 km/h speed range (which is the most frequently used), there are more ratios available.
The CVT in the Corolla Altis has received many positive comments for its good feel and the same will apply to the CVT in the Improved Vios. Drivers will notice immediate response to the slightest tap on the accelerator pedal and smooth and linear acceleration. For those who wish to manually select gears, there is a 7-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic mode. The driver can easily select pre-set ratios (in a sequential manner) by pulling or pushing on the shift lever.
Prices are as follows:
VIOS 1.5 TRD SPORTIVO (AT) From: RM 96,400.00
VIOS 1.5GX (AT) From: RM 92,800.00
VIOS 1.5G (AT) From: RM 89,800.00
VIOS 1.5E (AT) From: RM 83,900.00
VIOS 1.5J (AT) From: RM 79,800.00
VIOS 1.5J (MT) From: RM 76,500.00
The On-The-Road Price is for Peninsular Malaysia including GST with Insurance.
Toyota Vios 1.5L Specifications
Engine: Inline 4, 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-1
Power : 107bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 140Nm @ 4200rpm
Transmission: CVT 7-speed sport sequential shiftmatic