Launch of the new 2023 Toyota Vios or Yaris Ativ in the Philippines
The new-generation Vios is the one automobile that the market is unquestionably yearning for.
Although the current style initially appeared in 2018, it was actually an improvement of the generation that made its debut in 2013. 9 years may not seem like a long time for frame-based cars (such as SUVs and pickup trucks), but in the context of passenger cars, that's a lifetime.
Now that Toyota has released the first official preview for the next-generation Vios, we could have an answer. Toyota Motor Thailand is the company we're referring to, not Toyota Motor Philippines.
Yes, they are allowing us to see the brand-new Vios for the first time. Because of this, what is known as the Vios in the country is known as the Yaris Ativ there.
The preview itself is really short—like a TikTok video of only 15 seconds. It shows a few glimpses of the new generation of cars with their market endorsers. And yeah, for a tiny car, it does look very hot. We can make out a grille that appears to be modeled after the Lexus spindle grille that we have grown accustomed to. But the genuinely seductive red inside is maybe the most startling discovery. That came as a complete surprise from a vehicle bearing the Vios moniker.
A pair of additional rear quarter windows are present on the side of this version, which is something unique that those with keen eyes will notice. That is extremely unique and goes nicely with the rear end's fastback-like characteristics.
Our contacts in the area have been providing us with information over the past few years, and they have informed us that the new generation vehicle will be known as the D92A and will be built on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. It is essentially a derivation of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) created by Daihatsu that is tailored for the company's well-known affordable vehicles. It serves as the foundation for designs like the Avanza, Veloz, and Raize.
The 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine will probably be used in the Thai version in order to comply with the Thai Eco Car program, but it is unlikely that those engines will be used in the Philippine market. Although we anticipate Toyota to continue using the 1.3L and 1.5L engines in the country, there is a remote possibility that they could opt for the 1.0L turbo as they did with the Raize. The Vios could receive a hybrid form for a 2023 launch, but if they decide to move forward with that, it might be postponed because to a components scarcity.
The brief video indicates that the new iteration of Vios would be unveiled on August 9, 2202. Instead of September 8, 2022, they intended August 9, 2022. In fact, that is consistent with what our insiders have told us about the target launch, which is the third quarter of 2022. Additionally, it was disclosed that Toyota will stop producing the old Vios in Thailand in August 2022 to pave way for the new design.
Given that the model is assembled in the Philippines, will the Philippine market follow a few months later. Maybe in the early 2023?