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Upcoming Toyota Vios launch in April 2018

Arijit Roul / 08 Mar 2018

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This is a model that is available as a premium sedan four door model in Asian markets and is scheduled for launch soon. The car has been on sale for a long time in countries like Indonesia and Thailand and the car is scheduled to be launched soon in the country. The car, when launched, would be the third generation model and would be a contender in the mid sedan segment.

If we look at the car exterior features, it has a curvy silhouette. Along with chrome garnishes on the grille, projector headlamps that have sharpened features, a protruding chin and a wide air dam, the car has distinctive features in front and back. It comes complete with sporty bumper in front, round fog lamps, a well designed side that has distinctive side windows, integrated turn indicators on ORVMs and so forth. The sedan has a large wheelbase and offers a ground clearance that would be adequate for Indian road conditions.

If we look at the car interiors, these comprise of premium features such as quality materials used in the cabin upholstery, a dashboard that is well equipped with a touch screen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The car would come with two powertrains. These could comprise of a petrol engine of 1.5 liter VVT model as well as an oil burner. There would be manual as well as automatic transmission systems offered on both.

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Toyota, whose sales have been modest this year, showcased this car at the upcoming launch of the country at the Auto Expo. This car is set to be launched in the premier sedan segment and would be priced around Rs 12 lakhs. It would contend with cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. This car is the only launch that the company plans to add this year to its existing portfolio of cars in this country. Its major sale pushers are Innova and Fortuner that belong in the MPV and SUV segments respectively. Both models are doing well in respective segments; the Toyota Camry hybrid is scheduled to re-launch and the company does hope to bring in more hybrid cars in the future. As the Indian government issued the directive for all companies to go electric initially, the company started joint investments in a Gujarat facility to get EV technology localized. However the government’s policy is set to revise and would also include hybrid and other alternative technologies.

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