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Seems that something may be stirring on the Toyota front, and it has to do with a perennial fave, the Vios. Apparently, the car under all that tape is supposed to be the third-generation sedan, which will debut later in the year, possibly at the Bangkok Motor Show in March.

If the shots, first seen on Chinese site Sohu Auto, are indeed of the car, then rather significant change may be on the way – the front especially offers a cleaner, tauter external shape; far sharper-looking than the bulbous one on call now. The different tape patterns seen in the photo set, however, does invite some hesitation in defining if all are of the same car.

The solitary photo peeking into the interior denotes a change of location for the instrument cluster – from its current central location on the dash, it’s now mounted in conventional fashion, in front of the driver.

No suggestions on what the powertrain configuration is to be, but the ongoing 1.5 litre VVT-i mill will probably soldier on; it’d be interesting to see if the four-speeder slush box will too. More details as we creep closer to the Bangkok show, which is when we’ll know for sure if what you see here is indeed the all-new Toyota Vios.