One Direction may now be on hiatus – and short of one Zayn Malik – but that hasn’t stopped the boy band from popping up in various places around the world. This time, Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are seen promoting the new 2016 Toyota Vios, in a new ad that shows all four taking the wheel of the refreshed B-segment sedan.
Titled “Fun Direction,” the 30-second commercial – set to one of the group’s latest singles, “Perfect” – highlights the main new features that have been added to the Vios – these being the brand-new 1.5 litre 2NR-FBE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i flex-fuel engine (capable of running on E85 biofuel), continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed stepped ratio mode and standard-fit Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
Producing the same power as the mill in our current Vios – and actually slightly down in torque – the new engine’s output is rated at 108 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm (down 1 Nm) at 4,200 rpm. Expect other markets (including Malaysia) to instead receive the facelifted Avanza‘s regular petrol-powered 2NR-FE, also fitted with Dual VVT-i.
The new Vios range in Thailand is slightly more expensive than before, with price increases of up to three percent compared to the outgoing models. Prices start at 599,000 baht (RM68,000) for the 1.5 J – for that, you get reflector headlights, 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, a standard integrated head unit and a two-speaker sound system.
The price tag rises to 669,000 baht (RM75,900) for the 1.5 E, adding on power-adjustable side mirrors with integrated indicators along with four speakers. Moving up, 714,000 baht (RM82,800) buys you the 1.5 G with projector headlights, chrome grille and rear garnish, metallic interior trim, chrome door handles, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a multi-info display, automatic air-con and an acoustic windscreen.
At the top of the range sits the 749,000 baht (RM85,000) 1.5 S model which tacks on fog lights, keyless entry and start, piano black interior trim, sports seats and sport instrument gauges.
New to the range is the 662,300 baht (RM75,200) Exclusive model that slots in between the 1.5 E and 1.5 G, adding projector headlights, front fog lights, exterior chrome trim, grey hydrophobic interior trim, faux leather upholstery, a piano black gearlever and chrome door handles to the E model.
There’s also a special accessories package exclusive to this model that adds a bodykit, LED daytime running lights, a T-Connect seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a luggage tray, a boot utility box, a tyre inflator kit and Exclusive badging and floor mats. It costs an extra 56,700 baht (RM6,400), pushing the price of the Exclusive beyond the 1.5 G, at 719,000 baht (RM81,600).
GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Vios at the Bangkok International Motor Show