Distinctively late; it’s not the great news, Toyota Kirloskar Motors of India is about to launch a new car called Vios rated under the sub 4-metre category. Everybody else in the competition has a one of it, and they are doing pretty well despite the tough market scenarios created by the best examples like Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and others. Toyota too had a sedan of the smaller caliber called Etios, which even endowed a facelift recently. That failed attempt of Etios along with Innova had attracted only cabbies, led the company to take on a new step with Vios for a cool walk against premium rivals of the band. After all, except for Fortuner, Toyota in India enjoyed great time with the ‘fleet owners’ mostly, and less of passengers. Will this Vios give its maker a chance to surge into the segment with a zest and break ice with the new phase of branding? Find out with us in the blog posted below…
The design language of Vios is lifted from Corolla Altis. Tremendous aggression added on the front is due to hexagonal air dam, chrome strip on front grill, sweptback headlamps, supporting creases on bonnet. Shoulder lines flow prominently till rear, assimilating into the tail lamps lending it a tightly snug wrap. The wraparound tail lamps on the fall-flat tail gate are apparently of the outdated trend, but still it works well with Toyota till date.
Cabin design of Vios is touted to have straightly lifted from the Corolla Altis. The beige colour in combination with black suits the theme. The quality of build to last adjoin by plenty of storage space lends it a right cut in the sophisticatedly wrecking competition. List of equipments is topped to aim high-end buyers. Apart from the conventional music system, Vios in India could also receive an infotainment system and an automatic gearbox for the top-end variants.
Speaking about the comfort, there is plenty of knee room and leg room with seats provided by good support and cushioning. Every bit of space is used smartly to appeal the buyers who are mostly going to spend the time on backseat, said as per the conditions majorly seen with cars of this segment driven mostly by chauffeur. In fact, finely tuned suspension will just suppress the undulations and trajectories from the bad condition of roads in our country very suitably.
Though, the aforesaid story was of interiors. On outside over a measuring tape, Vios is neither the largest in its segment nor the shortest. It clocks a perfect balance between all the aspects and sits comfortably in the centre. Based on internationally available model, this sedan could measure 4410mm in length outpacing Verna and Vento of Hyundai and Volkswagen respectively. At 1700mm width, it still possesses more beef on the sides to envy Honda City and Vento. Scaling the height at 1475mm, Vios once again butches Vento.
Attaining the bottom line from car sales in India is an uphill task. Buyers demand load of features, style, power and an outstanding fuel-economy to complete the package. There appears, the former options can be adjusted if stretched the yields per litre extensively. Asked us, we believe in owning the example that has every of them aplenty. But Toyota Vios is expected to stand tall on the Indian buying sense at large from the diesel engine of 1.4-litre D-4D sending an output of 20kmpl.On the part of petrol, it isn’t that bad either; a 1.5-litre unit may relieve a fuel-efficiency of 15kmpl.
Maintenance And Running cost
Sought after the fuel-economy, car that runs well on the crumbled roads and doesn’t gives a negative feedback for long duration gains a spot before the purchase. All praises for build-quality, Toyota has excelled here for years delivered cars that were rigidly made and offered low maintenance cost without a hassle on the drive. Vios not an exception to those claims of Toyota will hit the market robustly with agility and firmness.
After all, the price war has led a cut-throat competition in this segment. So, to overcome such hurdles Toyota needs to commence the sales with a very efficient tag, which can be raised further once the trust is developed.