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Toyota Vios
Automotive industryToyota Motor Company
Production2003–present
PredecessorToyota Soluna
Car classificationSubcompact car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
RelatedToyota Platz/Echo (2003–2007)
Toyota Belta/Yaris (2007–)

The Toyota Vios is a 4-door subcompact Sedan (car) developed for the South East Asia and China markets.

Introduced in 2003, the Vios serves as a replacement of the Toyota Soluna which filled the Asian Subcompact car market for a 1.5 litre, below the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry, both of which are also marketed in the region. The Vios is marketed alongside the Toyota Yaris in most countries in South East Asia, which offered another option for a hatchback, when it officially entered the region's market in 2005. In the United States, the second generation Vios is known as the Toyota Belta or the Toyota Yaris hatchback.

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First generation (2003–2007)


First generation
1st Generation Toyota Vios 1.5 G NCP42
Production2003-2007
Car body style4-door sedan
Automobile layoutFF layout
Internal combustion engine1.3, 1.5 liter (1 NZ-FE)

The first generation Vios was assembled at Thailand's 1 million square metre Toyota Gateway Plant in Gateway City, Amphoe Plaeng Yao, Chachoengsao Province, as part of a cooperative project between Thai engineers and Toyota's Japanese designers.

The Vios in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia, and Taiwan is powered by 1.5 liter 1NZ-FE engine with VVT-i. The smaller 1.3 liter 2NZ-FE engine is offered in the Philippines. In China, the Vios comes with an 8A-FE engine. Trim levels for Southeast Asia include J, E, S, and G, while the DLX, GL, GLX, and GLXi are offered in China.

The first generation Vios was adapted from the Toyota Platz with modified body panels, which created a significantly different appearance, although portions of the car feature design cues from the E120 Corolla. In late 2005, the Vios received minor cosmetic changes for the 2006 model year. The front bumper, grille, headlights, and tail lights were freshened; also new were the wheels and interior trim.

In other uses, the first generation Vios is adopted as a racing vehicle in Touring Car Championships in Indonesia and Thailand. The car is also in use as Taxicab in Indonesia but features lesser equipment and is specially rebadged as the Toyota Limo. This is not to be confused with certain taxis with the same name in Thailand, which uses Toyota Corollas.

The Vios in the Philippines has 3 grades: the base 1.3 J with a l4 2NZ-FE engine, VVT-i, 13" steel wheels and a central instrumental digital display. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.3 E is the same as the J grade, only that it had different wheels, which is a 15" alloy 5-spoke wheel. The 1.5 G is the top-of-the-line segment, either mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission, and the same wheel as to that of the E variant. The only difference of the 2003 Vios to the 2007 is their air dams and their fog lamp casing.

Vios Turbo

A "Turbo" variant of the first generation Vios was made available in Thailand only, boasting a turbocharged 1.5 liter engine with an air-to-air intercooler that produces 143 PS with light boost. Standard on the Vios Turbo are a functional scoop on its hood, wrap-around body kits, stiffer springs, firmer shock-absorbers and 16" alloys. The transmission ratio & differential ratio were based on that of a Toyota MR-S.

Technical data

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall length (mm) 4285
Overall width (mm) 1695
Overall height (mm) 1435
Wheelbase (mm) 2500
Tread (mm) Front x Rear 1455 x 1430
Min. ground clearance (mm) 143
Weight (curb min.) (kg) 990 ~ 1040
Weight (gross)(kg) 1480
Trunk space VDA (Litres) 400
Minimum turning radius (m) 4.9
ENGINE 1NZ-FE
Engine Type Inline 4-cylinder DOHC VVT-i 16V
Bore x Stroke (mm) 75.0 x 84.7
Displacement (cc) 1,497
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Max. output (kW (PS) / rpm) 80 (109) / 6000
Max. torque (N-m (kg-m) / rpm) 142 (14.5) / 4200
Fuel supply system EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection)
Fuel tank capacity (Litres) 45
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Suspension - Front McPherson strut with stabilizer
Suspension - Rear Torsion beam with stabilizer
Brakes - Front 14 inch Ventilated discs
Brakes - Rear 14-inch Discs
Tyres 175 / 65 R14 (Type E), 185 / 55 R15 (Type S, G)

Second generation (2007–present)


Second generation
A second generation Toyota Vios in Thailand.
Production2007-present
Car body style4-door sedan
Automobile layoutFF layout
Internal combustion engine1.5 liter (1 NZ-FE)
RelatedToyota Vitz
Toyota Belta

The new Vios is essentially a re-badged Toyota Belta sedan, which launched in November 2005. The model code for cars with 1.5 liter 1NZ-FE engines is NCP93. The engine is only available where the Vios is marketed, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. As was the first generation Vios, the second generation Vios is assembled at Thailand's Toyota Gateway Plant and also at the Philippines Santa Rosa, Laguna Plant. In the United States, Canada and Australia it is marketed as the Yaris Sedan, replacing the Echo sedan, with production sourced from Japan.

The new Vios was designed for more comfort than handling. Interior is much upgraded with more convenience features, and flat rear floor.

In Singapore

In Singapore, the Vios is sold in three grades, namely J, E and G, with J being the grade with lesser accessories and G with the most accessories.

The J Grade is the most basic grade available in Singapore which offers only the most basic equipments compared to E and G grade. The J Grade Vios comes standard with a CD/MP3/WMA player with 4 speakers, keyless entry, ABS/EBD/BA (on front disc brakes only), driver-only SRS airbag, sports alloy rims and interior fabric with dark grey colour seats. The J Grade Vios is priced at S$53,888 (automatic) as of 22 November, 2007.

The E Grade is the medium-class grade which offers slightly more and lesser equipments compared to J and G grade respectively. As Borneo Motors (Singapore) no longer sells the manual variant of the J Grade, the E grade Vios is currently the only model that offers manual transmission in the Toyota saloon line in Singapore. In comparison to the J Grade, the E Grade includes an additional SRS airbag for the front passenger and side moulding. The J Grade Vios is priced at S$54,888 for manual or S$55,888 for automatic as of 22 November, 2007.

The G Grade is the most luxurious grade available in Singapore which offers the most equipments compared to J and E grade. In comparison to the J Grade, the G Grade features a 6 speakers CD/MP3 player, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, fog lamps, side moulding and 60:40 fold-down rear seats. The G Grade Vios is priced at S$60,988 (automatic) as of 22 November, 2007.

All three grades features 3rd party sport kits, and alloy rim which is customised by the Toyota dealership in Singapore(Borneo Motors), which was not included in the original order from factory.

In Thailand

Thailand, which currently manufactures the Vios, is offered a total of three grades (J, E and G), as well as two limited edition grades (G-Limited and S-Limited). Thailand is currently the only country that offers all existing grades of the new Vios, whilst export markets are only given a fraction of the Thai range in varying combinations. In addition, certain the range of equipment in Thai Vios' differ from those in export versions.

The J Grade is the most basic grade of the second generation Vios, offering the least sophisticated set of equipments, such as an unchangeable CD/MP3/WMA player with 4 speakers, an optional keyless entry with TVSS, ABS/EBD/BA, 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, rear fog lamps, and interior fabric with dark grey colour seat.

The E Grade is a medium-class variant up a notch from the J Grade but is positioned lower from the G Grade. In comparison to the J Grade, the E Grade features a keyless entry with TDS, an option between dark grey or ivory-coloured seat fabrics, optional driver & front passenger SRS airbags, frontal and rear fog lamps, 15-inch sports alloy rims and side moulding.

The G Grade is the most well equipped variant among the three base grades, featuring the most equipments. In comparison to the J Grade, the variant features an unchangeable 6 speakers CD/MP3/WMA player, leather seating in either dark grey or ivory colours, driver & front passenger SRS airbags, a multi functional steering wheel, 15-inch sports alloy rims, frontal and rear fog lamps, side moulding, a blue "Optitron" panel with a multi information display, and 60:40 fold-down rear seats.

A G-Limited Grade, which offers the same features as the G Grade, is additionally provided with several enhancements on the interior, including a keyless and smart entry with TDS, a Start/Stop push button, and an immobilizer key.

An additional grade solely available as a limited edition is the S-Limited Grade, which features a "Wrap-Around Aeropart" bodykit, an orange "Optitron" panel with a multi information display, high intensity discharge headlamps with automatic height adjustment, and all-wheel disc brakes.

Audio systems in all second generation Vios grades are equipped with ASL (Auto-Speed Sound Levelizer), which detects and compensates for changes in external noise levels, adjusting volume and tone controls automatically based on the car's speed.

In the Philippines

The 2008 Vios has the tagline "My Design, My Pride" and currently has 4 grades: the base 1.3 J, with almost the same specs as to that of the J grade of the 2003 Vios, only that it had a 14" steel wheel with wheel cover, an all-new central analogue display, Vinyl shift lever and knob, manual locks and windows and fabric seats. It is mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission. The 1.3 E is the same as the J grade, only that it has 14" alloy wheels, Toyota Vehicle Security System, and driver-side SRS Airbags. The 1.5 G has 3 options: G 4 A/T leather, G 4 A/T or G 5 M/T. It has a 1.5 1NZ-FE engine, leather seats for the leather sub-variant, 4-speed automatic transmission, 5-manual transmission and 2 SRS Airbags. The 1.5 S Limited XX Edition was released in July 2008, and has almost no difference with that of the G variant, only that it had an electronic driver-side SRS Airbags, front, side, and rear skirt and a Spoiler. It still has the same wheel size, but the S grade has 10-spoke alloy wheels.

In Indonesia

A 2007 Toyota Vios G NCP93 in Indonesia.

The new Vios NCP93 was officially launched to the Indonesia market in April 2007. The Indonesian Vios can be distinguished from other countries' models with its V-shape grille ornament which is the optional for the Yaris Hatchback. Like the outgoing NCP42, the new Vios is offered in E (manual only), and G (manual and automatic) trim levels.

All model have ABS and analog instrument panel. The E has rear drum brake, and the G comes with all discs. The higher grade G model has standard front and rear fog lamps, audio control on the steering wheel, and back sonar. Start/Stop push button is only on the G with automatic transmission.

In Malaysia

The second generation Toyota Vios 1.5S, seen here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, features minor exterior modifications, including spoilers and side skirts.

The second generation Vios was first unveiled in Malaysia on October 5, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, two weeks ahead of its official launch on October 19, 2007.

The car, like its predecessors, is powered by a 1NZ-FE 1.5 litre four-pot engine with VVT-i but includes redesigns on the air intake and exhaust system to improve low to mid-range Torque. While the Gear ratio of Vios is unchanged, its transmission is now a Electronic control transmission four-speed automatic and improved programming for the Transmission control unit. Electric Power steering was also included on the new Vios.

Grades

The second generation Vios is currently available in three grades: two grades initially available on the previous Malaysian Vios (E and G), and a new grade (S).

The E grade is the entry-level model, branded as a cost-effective version of the Vios, and is the cheapest and most stripped-down Vios among the three grades, priced at around an estimated RM 78,900. The car includes several cut-backs compared to the G and S grades, including:

  • Rear Drum brake instead of an all-Disc brake set-up for the G and S grades;
  • 14-inch alloy rims as oppose to 15 for the G and S;
  • driver's side only Airbag as opposed to dual-front airbags for the G and S;
  • driver's side only pretensioned, forced limited seatbelts as opposed such seatbelts on all occupants' sides for the G and S; and
  • a single-DIN CD receiver and four-speaker system, instead of steering mounted audio controls and six-speaker, dashboard integrated CD receiver with MP3 and WMA-playback capability for the G and S.

The new Vios line saw the inclusion of a new S grade Vios. The S grade features cosmetic enhancements rather than a performance-based ones, sporting a set of "aero parts", a minor Body kit encompassing a front bumper spoiler, side skirts and a bootlid spoiler. The interior receives a dark grey/black trim treatment, and includes an "Optitron" meter with a multi-information display, as opposed to the E and G grades' conventional backlit display. The S variant is estimated to be the most expensive Vios among the three, at around RM 88,600.

The G grade is considered to be a mid-priced model between the E and S grades, retailing at an estimated RM 85,300.

Toyota added a fourth grade called the J grade, which is the cheapest and most bare bone grade of the Toyota Vios in Malaysia. Unlike the other grades which are only available with an automatic transmission, the J grade has the option for a manual transmission. The manual J grade Vios is priced at just under RM70,000 (RM69,825.00 or RM73,525.00 for manual and automatic respectively). The J grade Vios does not come with any airbags.[1]

All model grades were reported to include Anti-lock braking system, Electronic brakeforce distribution and Brake assist, as are passive safety features such as whiplash injury lessening seats, a collapsible steering wheel column and an impact sensing fuel cut-off.

In Mainland China

A major difference of the Vios in Mainland China is that the larger capacity models are powered by the new 1.6L *1ZR-FE engine with Dual VVT-i.

Grades

Unlike other markets, Mainland China uses version naming as follows:

  • 1.3GL-i
  • 1.6GL-i (auto or manual)
  • 1.6GL-S (leather seats with sunroof)
  • 1.6GLX-i (sports - like GL-S, but with kit and dark interior)

Technical data

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall length (mm) 4300
Overall width (mm) 1700
Overall height (mm) 1460
Wheelbase (mm) 2550
Tread (mm) Front x Rear 1470 x 1460
Min. ground clearance (mm) 150
Weight (curb min.) (kg) 1020 ~ 1150 (Depending on locale and grade)
Weight (gross)(kg) 1480 ~ 1520 (Depending on locale and grade)
Trunk space VDA (Litres) 475
Minimum turning radius (m) 4.9
ENGINE 1NZ-FE ; 1ZR-FE (China)
Engine Type Inline 4-cylinder DOHC VVT-i 16V ; Dual VVT-i (China)
Bore x Stroke (mm) 75.0 x 84.7 ; 80.5 x 78.5 (China)
Displacement (cc) 1,497 ; 1,598 (1.6 engine China)
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1 ; 10.2 : 1 (1.6 China)
Max. output (kW (PS) / rpm) 80 (109) / 6000 ; 87 (116) / 6000 (China)
Max. torque (N-m (kg-m) / rpm) 141 (14.4) / 4200 ; 150 (15.3) / 4200 (China)
Fuel supply system EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection)
Fuel tank capacity (Litres) 42
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Suspension - Front McPherson strut with stabilizer
Suspension - Rear Torsion beam with stabilizer
Tyres 185 / 60 R15 (May vary in countries and grades/option available)

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