One of the busiest car manufacturers in the country amid the ongoing pandemic situation, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally revealed the much-talked-about vehicle that's being hinted in its earlier mystery-launch teaser with the copy "Ready to Level Up?" Speculations that it was the refreshed version of the Toyota Hilux or the Toyota Fortuner, which were recently launched in Thailand, were wrong as it turns out it is none other than the most popular Toyota car of them all ― the 2020 Toyota Vios. Along with the revelation is a new teaser that gives the pubic a high-angle view of the car exposing a redesigned front fascia.
As with the 2020 Toyota Wigo hatchback that TMP unveiled virtually earlier in June, the 2020 Toyota Vios will be introduced via another digital event on TMP's official Facebook page, three days from now, July 25, at 6 p.m.
An interesting and easy-to-spot change in the new Toyota Vios is its altered nose, appearing much closer to the third-generation model's styling than the current fourth-generation's front end. Gone is the simple and smiling-face illusion; the new face is sporty and elegant looking ― well suited for a sedan. It can be recalled that the Vios models from way back were often associated with taxicabs with simple styling and façade. This new angular design scraps off any remainder of that old look and seems to lean toward the profile of its equally popular sibling the Toyota Corolla Altis. The elongated fang-shaped front fog light casing, the wide grille, and the lower wider bumper are among the styling cues the 2020 Toyota Vios borrowed from the Corolla Altis.
Photos that were leaked ahead of the launching and if these are legit, then there will be three variants ― the standard, the midrange, and the top of the line ― for the 2020 Toyota Vios. The standard variant sports a matte black, seemingly plastic front end; the middle tier looks similar to the entry-level but with alloy wheels; and the top-ranging variant sports a glossy black grille and chrome strip. It also boasts LED headlights, which the current iteration does not have as an option. The Toyota design language is, of course, evident in all three trims.
Except for the cosmetic changes on the front, TMP is tightlipped about the sedan's other features. It can only be speculated that there won't be any changes under the hood. There are two powertrain options for the current Toyota Vios model: a 1.3L 2NR-FE engine capable of 98hp maximum output and 123Nm of highest torque figure, and a bigger 1.5L mill of 106hp output and 140Nm peak torque, both mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT that sends power to the front wheels.
Based on the updates on the Toyota Wigo, there are speculations that the Toyota Vios might come with additional features such as reverse camera and backup sensors, an upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and maybe even leather seats for the top-tier model.
The current Toyota Vios sells for PHP 662,000 for the entry-level variant and PHP 1,113,000 for the top trim. Changes in pricing will surely be revealed during the launching on July 25 so stay tuned!