UMW Toyota Motor has announced the updated Toyota Vios for the competitive B-segment market. The 2016 Toyota Vios receives important exterior and interior upgrades, and more importantly a new engine with CVT (Continuously-Variable Transmission).

UMW Toyota Motor revealed that some 100,000 units of the Toyota Vios were delivered over the years since 2003, making the model one of the most popular in the country. The new Vios is considered a certified EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle), having been approved by Road Transport Department after going through a series of stringent tests.

The 2016 Toyota Vius is available in six variants: 1.5 TRD Sportivo CVT, 1.5 GX CVT (New variant), 1.5 G CVT, 1.5 E CVT, 1.5 J CVT and 1.5 J 5-speed Manual. The base variant is the 1.5 J Manual, while the top-of-the-line is the TRD Sportivo

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In looks, the Vios stays rather familiar with the current generation. The top three variants (Vios TRD Sportivo, GX and G) are offered with Projector headlights, along with manual levelling (applicable for all variants), and DRLs (also for all variants). The Sportivo has an aerokit with black grille to bring the Vios’ sporty character, much like previously. Furthermore, the 2016 Toyota Vios has two new body colors; Crimson Spark Red Metallic, to go with three other existing colors. The White Pearl is exclusively reserved for the TRD Sportivo version.

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Much improvements are seen on the inside of the 2016 Vios. Leather seats in black are now standard for Vios 1.5E and 1.5J, as does the Smart Entry System. The audio system has been upgraded with additional features. A 6.8-inch touchscreen, 2-DIN headunit with DVD player is available for the Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo, 1.5GX, 1.5G and 1.5E. At the rear, a boot capacity of 506 liters is valid. Optional accessories are available for the 2016 Vios line-up, check with your local Toyota dealership.

In the engine department, the Vios gets the new 2NR-FE 1.5-liter engine, paired to a CVT gearbox for smoother acceleration and fuel economy. The new CVT thus replaces the age-old 4-speed auto transmission. To aid braking, the 2016 Vios is fitted with rear disc brakes (Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo, 1.5GX and 1.5G).

For safety purposes, the 2016 Vios comes standard with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Active Safety system, ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist. On the passive side, there are high tensile steel structure, two airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and others are made standard equipment.

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The 2016 Toyota Vios is retailing from RM 76,900 until RM 96,400. Here’s the complete listing:

  • 1.5 TRD Sportivo with CVT RM 96,400.00
  • 1.5 GX with CVT RM 92,800.00
  • 1.5 G with CVT RM 89,800.00
  • 1.5 E with CVT RM 83,900.00
  • 1.5 J with CVT RM 79,800.00
  • 1.5 J with 5-speed Manual RM 76,500.00