You read it first on AutoColumn. Toyota has confirmed the Vios for India in 2015. The 2015 Toyota Vios will be positioned in C2 segment and will fill the gap between Etios sedan and Toyota Corolla.
The current lineup from Toyota with the Etios as C1 segment sedan and the recently launched Corolla in D1 segment. Toyota will bring the Vios in C2 segment. The Vios will compete with segment leader Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Volkswagen Vento. The C2 segment is fourth popular segment in India after B2 segment, C1 segment and utility vehicle segment.
There is huge scope for Toyota in the C2 segment currently capitalised by the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. AutoColumn’s sources confirmed that Toyota will launch the Vios in India somewhere in second quarter of 2015. Toyota cars are known for their reliability. The C2 segment is increasingly dominated by Honda after launch of new Honda City with the diesel engine option, which previously was dominated by the Hyundai’s Verna followed by the Skoda Rapid. Come 2015 things are looking for another change as the Vios will prove to be a strong competitor.
Although a bit late this is a good move by Toyota India. The car is already sold in the Thai market as the sedan version of the famous Yaris hatchback. The model is very popular in the Thai market and other markets just because of its looks.
The Vios follows Toyota’s new design philosophy and has sharp body lines, a sleeker roof profile and bootlid spoiler (similar to Verna) which give it a strong road presence. Projector headlamp, LED tail lamp and DRLs will give the Vios a competitive exterior in terms of its offerings. In dimensions , the car measures more than 4.4 meters to have good rear legroom and tall enough for easy ingress/egress suitable for all ages.
The petrol variant will be 1.8 litre dual VVTi engine giving 140PS of power and 173Nm of torque with a 7-speed CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission. The diesel variant will get a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine giving 88.4PS, mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
There is lot of space in C2 segment from Toyota to gain volumes and with its long term reliability the Japanese brand will attract customers away from Honda and Hyundai offerings.
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