Published on November 16th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


Facelifted Toyota Vios Teased, Malaysian Market Launch Soon

Toyota Malaysia have teased the upcoming Vios on their website. The current Vios has been on sale in Malaysia since January 2019, giving it a production run of less than 2 years. That launch brought an all-new design along with many equipment and chassis improvements. The update that came before that was in late 2016, when the original engine and gearbox were replaced by a more modern Dual-VVTi engine and CVT gearbox.

The biggest change on this 2021 Toyota Vios has to be the redesigned front grille and bumper as well as the inclusion of reflector LED headlamps for the first time on the Vios. The face of the Vios looks much more modernised with these headlamps. It’s also the first time the daytime-running lights have been incorporated into the headlamp cluster.

Based on the launch of this facelifted Vios in other markets, such as the Philippines, not much will be altered besides the front end design. However, there are a few noteworthy new features including:

  • Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) with pre-collision system (PCS) and a lane departure alert (LDA)
  • all-new 3D 360 degree panoramic view monitor
  • 7” inch Android Auto-Ready & Apple CarPlay (AACP)
  • Vehicle Telematics System is also made as a standard feature for the Vios (G&E variants)
  • two new colours, Orange Metallic and Platinum White Pearl join existing colours (Dark Blue Metallic, Red Mica Metallic and Silver Metallic)

That means you can still expect a 2NR-FE motor with a 1.5-litre displacement and Dual VVT-i paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission for maximum efficiency. 6 airbags, blindspot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, a panoramic view monitor and a semi-digital instrument cluster are some of the equipment highlights of the current Vios.

The Vios is currently assembled at Toyota’s Bukit Raja plant, one of the most modern and eco-friendly car plants in the region. The hatchback equivalent of the Vios, the Yaris, is also produced at this plant. The facelifted version of the Yaris was first known back in May with UMW Toyota confirming its arrival to Malaysia along the facelifted Vios. No launch date was confirmed, but it’s likely the two related models will be launched at a joint event before the end of 2020. The new Yaris is open for booking and one can register one’s interest in the new Vios

Here’s the press release for the Yaris as no press release has been issued for the new Vios as of this time.

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Safety and styling are the two key areas that receive the greatest attention in the newly-enhanced.

Toyota Vios, giving the car a more athletic, dynamic and pronounced on-the-road presence.
Now sporting a more chiseled front bumper, the car’s makeover includes a new grille design, an
Aero kit which comes fitted with a front lip, and defined by new triple bezel fully LED Headlights
with built-in Daytime Running Light (DRL).

The new headlights are also wired with follow-me-home function for greater safety and convenience. This feature is extended throughout the introductory, intermediate and top of the
range J, E and G variants respectively.

“The enhanced Vios has an even more dynamic presence with a front silhouette that is consistent
with models such as the Corolla, Camry and the recently-enhanced Yaris. Yet, despite this strong
family resemblance, the Vios projects its own unique personality that has made it popular with a
diverse demographic of buyers,” said President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd.Mr. Ravindran K.

First launched in January 2019, the latest generation sub-compact 1.5-litre Vios has established itself as a popular-selling entry-level sedan, enjoying a sterling record in safety, reliability, practicality and has the distinction of being a big value for money proposition.

The first in its segment to have been awarded with a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, the
enhanced Vios now comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features that incorporates a
pre-collision system (PCS) and a lane departure alert (LDA).

PCS is activated from 15km/h to reduce the risk of colliding with a preceding car, alerting the
driver once it detects a vehicle within the colliding distance and assists to reduce vehicle speed as
additional support to the driver.

LDA meanwhile, is activated from a speed of 50km/h and above, and alerts drivers to an
unintended lane changes by giving a visual alert on the car’s Multi-Info Display and a beeping
sound. This system can also be turned off at the discretion of the driver.

These are in addition to existing safety features built into the car in the form of Vehicle Stability
Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear
Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution
(EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Front as well as Rear Digital Video Recorders (DVRs). It is also the
only car in it segment to be fitted with seven SRS airbags (dual front, side, curtains and driver’s
knee protection).

The enhanced Vios also features an all-new 3D 360 degree panoramic view monitor, giving the
driver a surround and unobstructed front, rear, top, sides and three dimensional virtual views of
the vehicle.

To ensure that customers enjoy the best of navigation applications, connectivity and infotainment, the enhanced Vios is now topped with a 7” inch Android Auto-Ready & Apple CarPlay (AACP).

Vehicle Telematics System is also made as a standard feature for the Vios (G&E variants) in line
with the company’s direction to enhance Connectivity under its 360-T Plus brand experience.

Offered with a choice of two new colours, Orange Metallic and Platinum White Pearl, customers
can also opt from existing colours available that include Dark Blue Metallic, Red Mica Metallic and
Silver Metallic.

Available for online bookings and also at all authorized Toyota showrooms nationwide from today, the Vios is backed by a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage.

Prices will be announced soon and customers will continue to benefit from the current waived sales tax for new and locally-assembled vehicles. Customers also will be able to perform online booking of this new model on the UMW Toyota official website starting 16th November 2020.

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