Alleged next-gen Toyota Vios spied doing test run in Thailand 

Updated May 06, 2022 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It will supposedly be based on the newest platform from Daihatsu.

The current version of the Toyota Vios sold in our market is running on a 9-year-old platform with only two facelifts to its name. Those who are eager to see its next iteration may not have long to wait, as the rumored new Vios has been spotted in the wild in Thailand. 

2022 Toyota Vios test mule front

The fascia on the upcoming new Vios resembles the one used by the current model (Image: Headlightmag/Phol Wassaphol)

A report by Headlightmag showed spy photos of the speculated next-generation Vios undergoing road tests on Sukhumvit Road, one of Thailand’s four major highways. Most of the exterior details were obscured as the test mule was heavily camouflaged in black. 

The outline of the fascia seems to hew closely to that on the existing model, with altered foglamp housings at the bottom front corners. Multi-spoke alloy wheels were evident, while the rear features what appeared to be LED tail lamps on both sides of the trunk. 

2022 Toyota Vios test mule rear

LED tail lamps are apparent at the rear (Image: Headlightmag/Phol Wassaphol)

Toyota is reportedly basing the upcoming new Vios on the DN F-Sedan Concept made by subsidiary Daihatsu, underpinned by the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. It remains debatable whether the next Vios will also adopt the latter’s six-window greenhouse layout, as the spy images clearly show no glass between the C-pillar and rear window. 

Another rumor was that the next-generation Vios will have a turbocharged engine under the hood. That has since been put to rest with reports that it will instead come with a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline power unit. This will be accompanied by a 1.5-liter engine paired with an electric motor, taking the fight to the just-launched Honda City e:HEV hybrid subcompact.    

Toyota VVT-iE engine

Toyota will reportedly electrify the next Vios in response to the Honda City hybrid

What could be the most relevant piece of information regarding the new model is the name. Multiple sources have suggested that Toyota will drop the Vios moniker in favor of the Yaris nameplate, at least for the Thai market. This is supposedly in keeping with the automaker’s plan to unify it with other Yaris versions overseas. 

The next-generation Toyota Vios is slated for a global premiere by the third quarter of 2022. 

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Toyota Vios

Competing in the subcompact sedan segment, the Toyota Vios is the top sales contributor for the Japanese automaker. The price for the Toyota Vios in the Philippines ranges from PHP 681,000 to PHP 970,000. A total of 10 Toyota Vios cars is offered, with the top-of-the-line Vios GR-S variant coming with a Toyota Vios Philippine price tag of PHP 1,020,000. Two engine options are available in the range, which can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Dimensions-wise, the subcompact sedan spans 4,425 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, and 1,475 mm in height. The main rivals of the Toyota vehicle include the Honda City, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Nissan Almera.

The Toyota Vios is not only the best-selling model in the Japanese automaker's lineup, but the entire Philippine market. It serves as a reliable and dependable subcompact sedan for those who are looking for a daily driver. Also, the Vios is proudly Philippine-assembled which supports Filipino automotive workers. Now, the vehicle is competing in its respective class head high using the refreshed body released by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) in the country last 2020.

₱ 681,000 - ₱ 1,035,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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