The country's number one car brand, Toyota Motor Philippines, introduced the Toyota Vios in 2002. This subcompact sedan is made at Toyota's plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Currently, the Philippine-spec Toyota Vios is offered in nine variants. Prices for the Toyota-made sedan ranges from Php 681,000 to Php 1,020,000. The Toyota Vios subcompact sedan gets two engine options, two transmission options, and a whole host of comfort and safety features. The said model is also available in a wide range of color options. This includes Black, Red Mica, Pearl White, Thermalyte, Blackish Red, Alumina Jade, Freedom White, Grayish Blue, and Super Red.
In 2002, Toyota introduced the first-generation Vios in the Philippines. A few years later in 2007, the second-generation sedan was launched. This version gained the the "Batman" nickname due to the shape of its grille.
Several years onwards In 2013, Toyota brought in the third-gen Toyota Vios. It has grown in size, and it also came with a larger engine. The Toyota-made sedan was given a major update in 2018. It bore a new exterior design, and it also gained the upmarket Prime variants as well.
More recently in 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines launched another refresh of the Toyota Vios model. It's fitted with sportier fascia, a new grille, a new pair of headlamps, a revised foglamp housing, a new lower grille, among others.
In March of 2021, TMP then introduced the Toyota Vios GR-S.
Up front, the Toyota Vios for the Philippines comes with a front-end that mirrors the current designs of high-end models like the Corolla Altis and the Camry. The said design features a wide slatted grille, flanked by the angular foglamp housing. For the high-trim GR-S and G, the headlamps are three-tier LEDs with an integrated LED daytime running lamps. The rest of the variants get a pair of four-bulb halogen headlights.
For the side and the rear, not much has changed since the previous version. The GR-S, stands-out from the rest of the variants with its black colored exterior pieces, rear spoiler, and a rear lower bumper with an integrated diffuser.
The Toyota Vios G
Apart from those, the Toyota Vios GR-S for the Philippine market also has different-looking side skirts, and a set of GR-S 16-inch alloy wheels. The G variant on the otherhand still has a piano black grille, but it gets chrome-plated door handles instead of black-colored ones found on the GR-S.
The all-new 2021 Toyota Vios GR-S
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The Toyota Vios for the Philippine market can offer seating for up to five occupants including the driver. For the top-spec GR-S and G variants, they both come equipped with automatic air-conditioning. For the most part, the Toyota Vios' dashboard are made out of sturdy plastic, combined with silver-colored accents.
Soft touch points for the Vios are also abundant. The Toyota-made sedan's door cards are made out of a combination of plastic, and a soft, fabric covered material. There's also the presence of a center elbow-rest.
The interior of the Toyota Vios G
As for the seats, most variants except the GR-S and Base variant come with fabric seats. The GR-S instead has synthetic leather with red contrast stitching, combined with suede pieces. The Vios Base on the other hand has vinyl seats.
The rear seats of the Toyota Vios
To keep occupants comfortable, both the GR-S and G Vios variants are equipped with automatic air-conditioning systems. The rest of the trim-levels on the other hand come with a manual air-conditioning system.
Inside the Toyota Vios GR-S
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Technology & Safety Features
For entertainment, the Toyota Vios GR-S, and the Vios G variants for the Philippine market come standard with a 6.75-inch touchscreen headunit. The said headunit is also capable of connecting via Blutooth, USB, and Aux jack.
The Vios G's touchscreen headunit
The mid-tier E, XLE, and XE trims also has the aforementioned headunit, but these come with a four-piece speaker set instead. The Vios J and the Vios Base on the other hand come standard with a 2-DIN audio unit linked to two speakers.
Besides the aforementioned touchscreen, the GR-S is also equipped with the Gazoo Racing 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display. Other variants do get an optitron gauge cluster, as well as a multi-information display. The GR-S and the G also come with a push-to-start button, a leather clad shift lever, and a drive-mode selector. All Vios variants also come standard with a tilt adjustable steering wheel column.
The tech and convenience features will vary depending on the variant of the Toyota Vios
For safety, the GR-S, G, and E variants are equipped with dual-front airbags, side airbags, a curtain shield airbags, and a driver's knee airbags. The rest of the trim levels have dual-front airbags, and the airbag for the driver's knee.
Anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, traction control, and hill-start assist are avialable on all Vios trims. Only the GR-S and G come with a rear-view camera, and only the former has a clearance sonar.
Platform & Chassis
The refreshed Toyota Vios for the Philippine market still uses the same platform as the previous model. As before, higher trim levels have disc-brakes all-around, whereas lower trims from the Vios E to the Vios Base uses a rear drum brake.
For suspensions, the Vios uses a MacPherson Strut type for the front, and a torsion beam type suspension for the rear. Moreover, the engine is still positioned transversely, with the power sent to the front wheels.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Toyota Vios for the Philippine market has two engine options. The larger one is a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine capable of making up to 106 hp and 140 Nm of torque. This said engine is avialable on the GR-S and the G Trim. For the former, it is paired to a continously variable transmission (CVT) only. The Vios G can either come with a CVT, or a five-speed manual transmission.
There Toyota Vios G's 1.5-liter mill
The other engine option for the Vios is a 1.3-liter inline-4 engine. At most, this mill can produce up to 98 hp, and 123 Nm of torque. For the E and XLE, the said engine can be paired with a CVT or a five-speed transmission. The 1.3 XE's sole transmission is a CVT, while the J and Base comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission only.
The gear shift lever of the Vios GR-S
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