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Official distributor UMW Toyota Motor has revealed full specifications, equipment and pricing of the new 2016 Toyota Vios on its website and opened the order books.

The popular B-segment sedan – now with Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certification – looks mostly identical inside and out, but receives a few key features under the skin.

Prices are actually cheaper this time around – the base 1.5J variant retails at RM76,500 for the manual variant and RM79,800 for the automatic. From here onwards it’s auto only (as before), with the E model being priced at RM83,900, the G at RM89,800 and the range-topping TRD Sportivo at RM96,400. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

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On the whole, the new Vios is between RM1,480 and RM3,680 more affordable than before, although it has to be noted that the older prices have been subjected to a range-wide price increase at the beginning of the year. New to the range is the 1.5GX variant that slots above the G, priced at RM92,800.

All models are powered by a new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, meaning that it has variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. Outputs are actually down on the previous 1NZ-FE VVT-i mill, at 107 PS at 6,000 rpm (-2 PS) and 140 Nm (-1 Nm) at 4,200 rpm.

However, the new engine should provide improved fuel economy, especially now that the old four-speed automatic gearbox has been banished in favour of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed stepped-ratio mode. The five-speed manual gearbox option has been retained on the 1.5J.

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Kit count remains largely identical, with halogen reflector headlights, LED daytime running lights, door visors, 15-inch alloy wheels and rear fog lights coming as standard on the outside.

Inside, the base model gets keyless entry, push button start, a 2-DIN head unit with Bluetooth connectivity, four-speakers and front footwell illumination.

The E variant adds front fog lights, power-folding wing mirrors with integrated indicators, a 60:40 split-folding rear seat and a rear armrest with cupholders. A DVD-AVX infotainment system with a 6.8-inch touchscreen and a reverse camera is new for 2016.

The new Vios 1.5GX variant

Moving up, the G variant piles on projector headlights, an acoustic windscreen, chrome-plated grille and rear number plate garnish, black leather upholstery, a multi-info display, a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel and six speakers. Added for 2016 is a Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film tint, which used to be cost option on all but the top TRD Sportivo.

The new GX model gets a new bodykit, smoked projector headlights, a dark chrome grille, two-tone wheels and black-and-tan combination leather seats. Finally, the TRD Sportivo now receives a new bodykit and wheels – distinct from the ones offered on the GX – as well as black exterior trim. Black leather seats with red stitching also feature inside, along with sportier instrument cluster graphics.

Safety-wise, airbag count stays at two, but the big news is the inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control as standard on all variants. As before, ABS with EBD and brake assist come as standard, as do ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.

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As usual, the Vios comes with a host of options, including the DVD-AVX system with reverse camera on the J variants (RM3,169), the DVD-AVN navigation system with a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen (RM2,109) and an upgrade to the DVD-AVN system for models with DVD-AVX (RM2,014).

Also offered is the GX’s aerokit (RM2,332) and a choice of either Toyota Essential Solar Film (RM1,166) or Premium Security and Solar Film (RM2,109) tints on the J and E variants. A Digital Video Recorder (i.e. dashcam) costs an additional RM636.

Lastly, the colour palette has been expanded to include new Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Super White II and White Pearl CS (the latter is for the TRD Sportivo only), joining the existing Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metalic and Attitude Black Mica.

GALLERY: Thai-market 2016 Toyota Vios