• Mikko


Updated: May 22

Car of the Month - Toyota Vios

Hello friends! Here is the new blog of and this will be the first of many blogs about cars. The Toyota Vios is a four-door compact sedan introduced in 2002 to replace the Toyota Tercel. It spans three generations and Vios came from the Latin word meaning "to move forward."

First Generation (XP40; 2002-2007)

The first-generation model was assembled in Thailand's Toyota Gateway Plant in Gateway City, Amphoe Plaeng Yao in Chachoengsao as a project between Thai engineers and Japanese designers. It was adapted from the Toyota Platz with modified body panels. Also, portions of the design are from the ninth-generation Toyota Corolla.

In September 2005, the model received minor cosmetic changes. It updated the front bumper, headlights and tail lights, wheels, speedometer dial design, and interior trim.


Models in the Philippines were sold in either J, E, or G trims. The lowest, the 1.3 J was equipped with a I4 2NZ-FE VVT-i engine, 5-speed manual transmission, 13" steel wheels and a central instrumental digital display. However, the highest, the 1.5 G and was equipped with either a 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission, and shares the same wheels as the E trim.


Models in Singapore were sold in either E or S trims powered by a 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine. The S trim was equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission, digital speedometer, foldable wing mirrors, foglamps, chrome door handles, and boot lid garnish. However, the E trim were equipped with a 5-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission and a conventional speedometer.


Singaporean and Malaysian models are generally similar. However, Malaysian models are sold in either E or G and comes with 15" and mudguards.


Models were sold in either E or J trims equipped with a 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine.


Models in China were produced with the 1.3 L 8A-FE engine and the 1.5 5A-FE engine equipped with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. The 5A-FE engine was soon replaced in 2006 with a 2SZ-FE engine and 3SZ-VE engines. Models were also sold in either DLX, GL, GLX, or GLXi trims.

Vios Turbo

A "Turbo" version of the model was sold only in Thailand. It was equipped with a 1.5 L engine with an air-to-air intercooler. It can also go from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds. Also, it was also equippedd with a functional scoop on the hood, wrap-around body kits, stiffer springs, firmer shock-absorbers and 16" alloy wheels. Also, the transmission and the differential ratios of the model were based on the Toyota MR-S.

Second Generation (XP90; 2007-2013)

The new model was essentially a rebadged Toyota Belta sedan and was launched in April 2007. It was upgraded with convenient features and a flat rear door.


Models in the Philippines were sold in either 1.3 J, 1.3 E, or 1.5 G trims with 5-speed manual transmission. The G trim was also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

A 1.5 G XX Limited model was launched in July 2008. It was same as the G trim, added with HID headlights, 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels and a small rubber spoiler. An another trim, 1.5 S, had the same spoiler.

On April 6, 2010, a facelifted model was launched. It featured a new front grille, new head lamp and tail lamp, and newly designed 15" alloy wheels. It was still available in the J, E, and G trims; the J trim came with a 5-speed manual transmission; the E trim came with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission; the G trim came with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. A 1.3 L engine variant of the G trim was also introduced, coming with a 4-speed automatic transmission, replaced later by a 5-speed manual. transmission. A 1.3 Base trim was also introduced in that year, coming with a 5-speed manual transmission.

The model was the best-selling model in the Philippines, helping Toyota to mantain its status as the best-selling brand in the country.


The Indonesian model has a distinctive V-shaped grille. However, it disappeared on facelifted models. It was also sold in either E or G trims. The E is automatic and the G may be automatic or manual.

The model came with Automatic Braking System (ABS) and an analog instrument panel. The E trim has rear drum brakes, and the G has discs. The higher G trim has fron and rear fog lamps, audio control on the steering wheel, auto-levelling HID lamps, multi-information display and back sonar. There is also a Start/Stop button on G trims with automatic transmission.

There is also a TRD Sportivo trim based on the G trim, equipped with an all-around body kit and an AV DVD player with Navigation Ready.


The models were solely powered by 1NZ-FE 1.5 L four-cylinder engine with VVT-i, which came with redesigned air intake and exhaust system to improve low to mid-range torque. It also had the same gear ratios as it's predecessor, but with improved programming for the transmission control unit. Electric power steering was also offered to replace the hydraulic system in the predecessor. It was also available in the J, E, G, and S.

The J trim came with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The E and G are mechanically identical and have difference in equipment levels, but they share the same 4-speed Super ECT gearbox. On June 29, 2011, the G limited was introuduced, equipped with a new body kit, 15" alloy wheels, and leather seats.

The S trim was equipped with a front bumper spoiler, side and rear skirts, and a bootlid spoiler. The interior has a dark grey or black trim and an Optitron meter with multi-information display, compared to the E and G's conventional backlit display.

On April 15, 2010, the TRD Sportivo was introduced, effectively replacing the S trim. It was equipped with a new body kit, Enkei wheels.

On April 15, 2010, the model received a facelift, improving mostly the cosmetic features. It was again updated on June 21, 2012 in response to the Honda City's facelift, improving the model's appearance.

All models were also equipped with Automatic Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The J trim at first had no airbags until added a driver's airbag in 2010, and a front passenger airbag in 2012. The E trim, however, only had driver's airbag, while the G and S had an additional airbag.

The model was also the best-selling non-national badged model in Malaysia, making record sales in 2012.


Models in Singapore were either sold in either J, E, G, or the TRD Sportivo later on. The J trim is equipped with a CD/MP3/WMA player with 4 speakers, keyless entry, ABS/EBD/BA (on front disc brakes only), driver's airbag, and interior fabric with dark grey colored seats. It was later discontinued, making the E trim the only manual trim.

The E Classic is equipped with an additional airbag for the front passenger and side moulding. Meanwhile, the E Elegance includes leather seats and fog lights. The G trim is equipped with an automatic transmission. It also includes a 6-speaker CD/MP3 player, Optitron meters, four-wheel disc brakes, and 60:40 split foldable rear seats.


Models in Thailand were either sold in J, E, G, G-limited, and S-limited. It was also the only country that offers all trims of the model.

The J trim is equipped with a CD/MP3/WMA player with four speakers, an optional keyless entry with Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS), ABS/EBD/BA, 15" wheels with hubcaps, rear fog lamps, and interior fabric with dark grey colored seats.

The E trim is equipped with a keyless entry with TDS, optional dark grey or ivory-colored seat fabrics, optional driver and front passenger airbags, front and rear fog lamps, 15-inch sports alloy wheels, and side moulding.

The G trim is equipped with an unchangeable 6 speaker CD/MP3/WMA player, leather seating in either dark grey or ivory, driver and front passenger airbags, a multi-functional steering wheel, 15" sports alloy wheels, front and rear fog lamps, side moulding, a blue Optitron panel with multi-information display, and 60:40 fold-down rear seats. A G-Limited trim includes a keyless and smart entry with TDS, a Start/Stop push button, and an immobilizer key, and a bodykit to the exterior.

A limited edition S-Limited Grade 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.

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

Models have also been exported the model to the Middle East, Australia, and South Africa, where it is known as the Toyota Yaris. The model has also been campaigned in Bangkok's One Make Races.

Third Generation (XP150; 2013-present)

The model was launched at the March 2013 Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand. It was sold in Thailand shortly after, and in Asia in the 2nd quarter of the year. It has an enlarged exterior, but keeping the same width as before. The styling of the model was also paired with the Toyota Yaris in Southeast Asian markets. The interior was also enlarged, removing the speedometer on the dashboard's center.

A facelift model was launched at the 2016 Auto China show. It featured new projector headlamps with integrated LED guides, a wider T-shaped grille, fog lamps shifted to lower air-dam with vertical LED with daytime running lamps (DRLs) affixed to the bumper. The rear also features LED-type tail lamps with revised graphics and a thinner linking chrome boot lid bar.

In early 2018, the Yaris ATIV-based Vios was sold as a facelift instead of the XP150-based facelifted Vios which was sold in China and Thailand only. Meanwhile, the facelifted Vios-based Yaris ATIV has a differentiated styling, making it look like the European-made Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107/108, and the Citroën C1.

The model was also campaigned in the One Make Races in Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.


Models in the Philippines were sold in the 1.3 Base, 1.3 J, 1.3 E, and 1.5 G trims. The Base and J trim featured manual transmissions only while the E and G trim featured automatic and manual transmissions. The models also featured 1.3 L 2NZ-FE and the 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engines. The E trim also featured front fog lights while the G trim featured a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with audio control, multi-information display beneath the speedometer and black or beige leather interior.

The 1.5 TRD was introduced in 2015, featuring TRD alloy wheels and bodykits. In July 2016, the model also received the 1.3 L 1NR-FE and the 1.5 2NR-FE engines with DuVVT-i with both 5-speed manual and 7-speed CVT transmissions.

A Yaris-ATIV-based facelift was introduced on July 19, 2018. It was sold in the 1.3 Base, 1.3 J, 1.3 E, 1.3 E Prime, 1.5 G, and 1.5 G Prime, replacing the TRD Sportivo. The Base and J trim featured a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.3 E, 1.3 E Prime, and 1.5 G also featured a manual or CVT transmission. The 1.5 G Prime also features an automatic CVT transmission. The 1.3 E Prime and 1.5 G Prime features all-around bodykits with big fog lamp housing and lower lip integrated to the front bumper, and the piano black door mirror covers.

Safety features such as ABS, 7 airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Hill-Assist Control (HAC) are featured in all models, but Daylight Running Lights (DRL), rear disc brakes, multi-function steering switches, automatic climate control AC with digital display, and smart engine Start/Stop button are only standard in the cars with the 1.5 L trims.

A special event, the Vios Cup, was also established in the Philippines. It was held in the Clark International Speedway in 2014 and 2015; while it was held in Cebu on May 2015 and on SM Mall of Asia on September.


Models were sold in the J, E, G, and S trims. The J and E trims also featured automatic transmissions. A TRD Sportivo trim was also introduced later. The G and S trims also featured a push start system and smart entry, an Eco meter for automatic models, and air conditioners with climate control.

The 1NZ-FE VVT-i engine was replaced by the flex-fuel 2NR-FBE 1.5 Dual VVT-i engine. The 4-speed automatic transmission was also replaced with the 7-speed CVT transmission, and the 5-speed manual was dropped. The VSC was also added, and brake assist was made available all through the models.

An Exclusive trim replaced the Sportivo trim in 2016. It featured 15" alloy wheels, a bodykit with LED daytime running lights, black leather seats, a grey dashboard and door, piano black steering wheel and gear-level trim, T-connect infotainment system with a 7" touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity.

A facelifted model was introduced on January 21, 2017, featuring taillights inspired by the Toyota Camry ACV41. It also features 15" and 16" alloy wheels.


Models were sold in the E and G trims, all automatic. However, manual models were only used by the ComfortDelgro Driving Center as training cars.

The E trim featured a touchscreen infotainment system with DVD/CD/USB/iPod/Bluetooth, keyless entry, and dual airbags. The E Elegance trim features a standard switch air conditioning unit and multi-reflector headlamps. The G Grande trim also features an auto air conditioner with climate control and projector headlamps. The G model features multi-function steering controls, keyless entry with push start ignition, 60:40 split foldable rear seats, a rear console armrest and touchscreen telematics navigation system. In mid-2015, both E and G variants had been updated, featuring 16” inch rims with 15” disc brakes for the front and rear.

In January 2017, the model was updated, featuring a new 2NR-FE engine with 7-speed CVT. It was available until April 2017. The model was then reintorduced as a rebadged Yaris ATIV sedan. It also features automatic CVT.


Models were sold in either the J or E trims, featuring a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

The model also featured factory double-din audio head unit, 2NR-FE Dual VVT-i engine, remote key lock and black with blue stitching fabric seats. The model was updated in 2016, featuring black-painted rims and V-REV optional bodykits were added.

A facelifted model was introduced on May 2018, featuring CD/AUX/USB/radio double-din audio head unit system with 6 speakers and blue-black fabric upholstery. It also featured LED daytime running lights, an Optitron speedometer, 7 airbags, 15" alloy wheels, fog lamps, a multi-function steering wheel, reverse sensors, Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA), and paddle shifters.


Models were sold in the 1.5 J, 1.5 E, 1.5 G, and 1.5 Sportivo. In January 2015, the Smart Entry and Push Start were made standard on all models. The door handles of the 1.5 J and 1.5 E received a chrome finish, while the beige interior of the 1.5 G was replaced with all-black leather interior. The 1.5 G also featured door sill scuff plates, blue-colored front footwell illumination, in-car entertainment provided by a DVD-AVX system and a DVD-AVN option.

In September 2016, a new trim dubbed "GX" was introduced. It features a new bodykit, smoked projector headlights, a dark chrome grille, two-tone wheels and black-and-tan leather seats. It was then powered by the 2NR-FE Dual VVT-i and the 4-speed gearbox was the replaced by the 7-speed CVT transmission. VSC and traction control were also added. The model was again updated in April 2017, adding a dashcam and a USB port in front of the gearlever. Automatic folding mirrors also became standard on the 1.5 G, 1.5 GX, and the 1.5 Sportivo.

A "Sports Edition" trim was introduced in July 2017. it featured a rear spoiler, an all-round bodykit, "SE" emblems and badges, 15" multi-spoke alloy wheels, amber footwell lighting, unique floor masts and gearknob, illuminated scuff plates and sports suspensions.

The model was updated in January 2018, adding a shark fin antenna and white footwell lighting. The 1.5 E, 1.5 G, 1.5 GX, and 1.5 Sportivo got illuminated steel scuff plates and a DVD-AVX entertainment system. The G, GX, and the Sprotivo trims received front parking sensors. A facelifted model based on the Yaris ATIV was introduced on November 22, 2018. It discontinued the GX and the Sportivo trim, leaving all the other trims equipped with automatic CVT.


Models were sold in the 1.5 E and 1.5 G trims, both available in automatic and manual transmissions. These are powered by the 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine. The Sportivo was introduced in 2014.

Models received an update on November 3, 2016. They were powered by the 1.5 L 2NR-FE engine, combined to a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox. The G and the Sportivo trim received new alloy wheels, and a trunk spoiler was added to the Sportivo.

When the facelifted model was introduced on April 3, 2018, the Sportivo trim was discontinued, leaving the E and G the only trims.


Models were sold in the 1.3 and 1.5 L engine trims. Both were powered by a Dual VVT-i engine with 4NR-FE and 5NR-FE. It was also made by the FAW-Toyota venture. A facelifted hatchback based on the Yaris hatchback was introduced in 2016, known as the Toyota FS.


Models were sold in Classic, Elegant, and Luxury trims powered by a 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine, featuring a front/rear aero kit, smart entry system, engine push start button, smart climate control, multi-information display (MID), and piano lacquered trim.

The 1.5 L 1NZ-FE engine was replaced by the 2NR-FE engine with a CVT transmission in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Tire Pressure Monitoring System also became standard. A Yaris-ATIV-based model was introduced featuring a new interior. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), and Traction Control (TRC) were also made standard.


Models were sold in E and G trims. The E trim was available in 5-speed manual and CVT transmissions. Also, all models were powered by a 1.5 L engine. A Yaris-ATIV-based facelift was also available. It was also the best-selling car in Vietnam from 2014 to 2016.

Toyota Limo

It is a special lower specification version of the Toyota Vios and Corolla. It is only offered in Southeast Asia, primarily in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Also, it is also in robust low cost, requires low maintenance, and has longer service intervals. It also lacks extra equipment. Also, it retains the same engines of the Vios and Corolla, but with a specially tuned engine control unit (ECU) for fuel efficiency and economical use.



  • Wikipedia Contributors. (2019, December 20). Toyota Vios. Retrieved from

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