Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally launched the refreshed 2021 Toyota Vios on the ever-popular streaming social media account Facebook, making this TMP's second digital launch next to the 2021 Toyota Wigo, which was introduced in mid-June this year. The virtual event was hosted by TMP executives with President Atsuhiro Okamoto giving the keynote.
The Vios is among Toyota's best-selling cars in its local lineup, and it is easy to see why. "Reliability, durability, efficiency and affordability" are the keywords that describe this well-liked subcompact sedan.
Aside from the cosmetic changes, there are a couple of awesome changes that need to be highlighted in the new 2021 Toyota Vios. The delineation between the standard and the premium variants are no longer as defined as they used to be. Gone are the projector lights of the previous iteration's base variants ― all members of the 2021 Vios family get LED treatment for their lighting system. The other well-thought-of change, and very considerate of Toyota, is leveling up the safety features even in the base trims. Now, all 2021 Toyota Vios cars get a minimum of 3 SRS airbags and a maximum of 7.
Given these changes, the latest iteration of the widely popular Vios now comes in more variants: 14 in all. It is also noteworthy that the 2020 Toyota Vios base variant costs more than that of the previous iteration but Toyota balances this out by having the Vios' top-of-the-line trim cheaper than the 2019 version by at least PHP 60,000.
There are no changes to its powertrain options. The smaller engine is a 1.3L 4-cylinder DOHC that can churn power output of up to 98hp at 6,000rpm and a torque that peaks at 123Nm at 4,200rpm. The larger mill found on the top-ranging variants of the Toyota Vios sports the same engine but with a bigger fuel capacity of 1.5L and higher maximum power output of 106hp at 6,000rpm with torque peaking at 140Nm at 4,200rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission (MT) or a CVT pushes power to the front wheels.
Here are the 2021 Toyota Vios variants and their respective prices: the Toyota Vios base trim (with 3 airbags) that sells for PHP 671,000; the Toyota Vios base variant with 7 airbags for PHP 681,000; the Toyota Vios J MT for PHP 697,000; the Toyota Vios J MT with 7 airbags for PHP 707,000; Toyota Vios XE CVT for PHP 747,000; the Toyota Vios XE CVT with 7 airbags for PHP 753,000; Toyota Vios XLE MT PHP 791,000; the Toyota Vios XLE CVT for PHP 841,000; the Toyota Vios E MT for PHP 841,000; the Toyota Vios E CVT for PHP 891,000; the Toyota Vios G MT for PHP 997,000; the Toyota Vios G MT White Pearl for PHP 1,012,000; the Toyota Vios G CVT for PHP 1,056,000; and the Toyota Vios G CVT White Pearl PHP 1,071,000.
As mentioned in previous leaks, the new Toyota Vios' front fascia has been redesigned, making it slightly resemble its Toyota Corolla Altis sibling prior to the latter's latest generation tweaks. The 2021 Vios now boasts three-tier LED headlights, a wider new grille, and a lower, newly styled bumper.
Although there isn't any change to the cabin layout, there are a few slight touches to give a sportier vibe such as a push-to-start button for the G variants, as well as two new driving modes for the CVT trims ― Eco and Sport.
Safety features are foremost in Toyota vehicles, so aside from the airbags as standard, the 2021 Toyota Vios comes equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist, vehicle stability control and hill-start assist. The top-of-the-line G variants also get a backup camera ― something that is lacking even in the previous iteration's top-ranging versions.
TMP offers free maintenance packages up to 20,000km, a five-year warranty and a one-year comprehensive insurance plan with the purchase of the new Toyota Vios. Current Vios owners who would like to get the new one can avail of special trade-in discounts at Toyota dealerships. Toyota also offers various flexible forms of payment for those on a budget.
Clearly, TMP is on a roll with its product updates and launching, and we've already seen its smallest and midsized vehicles arriving. Whether it's just a coincidence or TMP is intentionally revealing its products according to size, from smallest to the largest, your guess on the next Toyota vehicle to be announced is just as good as ours. What's 100% certain is that TMP will carry on with its efforts in spite of hurdles, as TMP President Okamoto said during the launching, "Toyota lives forward with efforts to adjust to the new normal and your continuous support show that we move forward and adapt together."
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