The Toyota Vios is a mainstay in the Malaysian B-segment sedan market, and it is finally, finally getting a proper update; at least, that’s the case in Thailand. Launched in the country as the Yaris Ativ, the fourth generation Vios sports a sleek new design, not to mention a much more premium interior.
Unlike previous iterations of the Vios, the new model is built on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform; the same one used for the Perodua Ativa and the recently launched 2022 Alza. It measures 4,425mm long, 1,740mm wide, and 1,480mm tall.
Basically, it’s slightly bigger than its predecessor.
For the Thai market, four different variants of the updated Vios are offered: Sport, Smart, Premium, and the range-topping Premium Luxury. All of them are powered by a 1.2L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 94PS and 110Nm of torque, and it’s paired to a CVT gearbox.
Aside from that, the new Vios also comes with six airbags as standard, and on higher-end trims of the B-segment sedan, Toyota Safety Sense is also offered. It includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist, front departure alert, and pedal misoperation control.
Now, prices. In Thailand, the 2023 Toyota Vios starts at 539,000 Thai baht (about RM67,715) for the Sport, followed by the Smart at 584,000 baht (~RM73,415), Premium at 659,000 baht (~RM82,835), and the highest-end Premium Luxury at 689,000 baht (~RM86,610).
No word yet on when UMW Toyota Motor will introduce the new Vios in Malaysia, though it could happen soon now that the updated sedan has been launched in Thailand.