UPDATE: 2013 Toyota Vios now launched in Malaysia – click here for launch report
We all know that the Malaysian launch of the 2013 Toyota Vios is just around the corner, but it’s good to have confirmation. UMW Toyota has done so by putting up a new cover picture on the Toyota Malaysia Facebook page, and we’ve just received a press release announcing that new Vios is now open for booking, ahead of its official launch in October.
Most importantly, estimated prices have been announced too, ranging from RM73,200 for the base 1.5J manual to RM93,200 for the range topping 1.5 TRD Sportivo. Check out how each variant’s new price compares to that of the equivalent outgoing car in the table below.
The new model carries a tag line of “Value Beyond Belief”, featuring “class above fuel economy and high performance along with the safety and durability that Toyota is known for.” Also claimed is an interior with high quality materials, a more spacious cabin with improved legroom, larger trunk capacity, plus enhanced comfort and handling stability.
Earlier this month, we showed you scans of the Malaysian Vios spec sheet along with pics of the local spec cars, as posted on our sister classifieds site oto.my. As confirmed today, five variants are to be introduced – the baseline 1.5J in both manual and auto guise, a 1.5E, 1.5G auto and a range-topping 1.5 TRD Sportivo version.
Common to all trim levels is the familiar 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE, which produces 109 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, paired to the tried and trusted four-speed auto (or five-speed manual in the 1.5J MT).
We now have the official local spec/equipment breakdown as well as the kit list, which includes new things like a push start button and the optional touch-screen DVD-AVN unit with reverse camera and voice command. More details here, or check out the full spec sheet, including comparison between all five variants, in the gallery below.