A new Toyota Vios has been launched in Singapore and predictably, it’s identical to the Yaris Ativ sold in Thailand, albeit with a larger, more powerful engine.

That means it gets the same love-it-or-hate-it front fascia with slim upper grille and headlights paired to a massive lower grille with integrated LED daytime running lights. The sleeker body and neater rear end with broader tail lights are also carried over.

Ditto the interior, which features a more modern design and a three-spoke steering wheel from the Corolla Altis. Two variants are available – the entry-level E, priced at SG$89,988 (RM271,900) including COE and the more generously equipped G, retailing at SG$95,988 (RM290,000).

Standard equipment includes halogen reflector headlights, front fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, an acoustic glass windscreen, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, fabric upholstery, a Toyota Telematics infotainment system and a reverse camera.

The Vios G adds projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, single-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 60:40 split-folding rear seat and a centre rear armrest with cupholders. Safety-wise, all models get seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and hill-start assist.

Unlike the Yaris Ativ, which has a 1.2 litre engine to comply with Thailand’s Eco Car rules, the Vios carries over the 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i mill from before, making 105 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. This powertrain – paired to a CVT with seven virtual ratios – was introduced on the Vios last year, and is capable of a top speed of 170 km/h and combined fuel consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 km.