Published on August 9th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


4th Generation Toyota Vios Debuts Bringing Major Changes

The all-new Toyota Vios has been shown in Thailand where it is marketed as the Yaris Ativ.

The third generation Toyota Vios has been around for quite some time now. This generation saw a lot of changes, including a new Dual VVT-i petrol engine and CVT in 2017, a radical redesign in late 2018 and the introduction of ADAS in 2020. Now we’re finally getting a full look a new, fourth generation Toyota Vios. The all-new Vios just made its debut in Thailand, where it is marketed as the Yaris Ativ.

The new Vios is built on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), which also underpins the upcoming Toyota Veloz. Compared to the outgoing third generation Vios, this new car is 5mm longer with a 70mm longer wheelbase, 10mm wider and 5mm taller than before.

Besides the new platform, the new Yaris gets a new engine, at least in Thailand. It’s still a 4-cylinder Dual VVT-I petrol engine with DOHC and 16 valves, but it displaces just 1.2L this time around. Power is down to just 94 hp at 6,000rpm (from 105hp) and 110Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm (from 140Nm), but fuel consumption has improved and CO2 emissions now match the Euro5 standard. The gearbox appears to be a new Super CVT-i unit with sequential shift. The powertrain still has the same Eco/Normal/Sport drive mode select and all-around disc brake setup.

In terms of design, this is a stark departure for the Vios as well. It now has a fastback silhouette and looks truly like the little brother of the Corolla Altis. It features full LED lighting including guiding tail lamps, sequential turn signals, headlamps and tail lamps. Exterior trim pieces are finished in black instead of chrome for a sportier look and 16″ alloy wheels are offered in a dual tone design.

Inside, the new Vios has synthetic leather seats in red with red stitching as an option. The dashboard is covered in soft touch synthetic leather, also in red. Metallic silver inlays adorn the rest of the cabin. There’s a 64-colour ambient lighting system available.

new toyota vios interior

In terms of equipment, it’s a bit step up for the Vios. The infotainment screen is 9 inches across and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a 7″ digital meter, automatic air conditioner controls with a new ‘upmarket’ knob. The air conditioner system has been fitted with a PM2.5 filter and it can detect the presence of PM2.5 particles in the cabin. There are also rear A/C vents for the first time on the Vios. An electric parking brake and Auto brake Hold make their debut on the Vios as well. Other nice touches are the 4 USB sockets around the cabin, the 12V device sockets in front, the push start button for the engine, and the soft-touch leather steering wheel with grey stitching. In Thailand at least, an optional Pioneer sound system will be available.

Of course Toyota Safety Sense returns on this new Vios with the following features:

  • Automatic High Beams 
  • Lane Departure Alert 
  • Pre-Collision System 
  • Pedal Misoperation Control 
  • Front Departure Alert  
  • All-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control 

Other familiar safety features include:

  • ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) 
  • VSC (Vehicle-Stability Control) 
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) 
  • BA (Brake Assist) 
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • 2 position distance warning at front and 4 positions at the rear
  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Seatbelt warning for passenger rear seats  
  • Follow-Me-Home
  • Remote key with Immobilizer and TDS
  • Speed Auto Lock
  • Front DVR
  • 6 SRS airbags
  • Emergency tyre repair kit

In Thailand, the new Toyota Yaris Ativ comes in four variants. Pricing starts at 539,000 baht and tops out at 689,000 baht, between RM67,700 and RM86,500.

This setup is standard across the range, which consists of four variants. The first is the Sport at 539,000 baht (RM67,700), followed by the Smart at 584,000 baht (RM73,377), the Premium at 659,000 baht (RM82,794) and the range-topping Premium Luxury at 689,000 baht (RM86,563).

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