The 2018 Toyota Vios that was announced four weeks ago is now officially on sale. From now till end-February, customers who purchase the new Vios can save up to RM2,512 and get an ang pow worth RM988, plus free accessories. The offer is for selected variants only, while stocks last.

To recap, pricing for the updated Vios range starts from RM74,980 for the 1.5 J (MT), RM77,980 for the 1.5 J (AT), RM81,980 for the 1.5 E, RM87,980 for the 1.5 G, RM90,980 for the 1.5 GX and RM93,980 for the range-topping 1.5 TRD Sportivo. As with all Toyota models, each variant of the Vios comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Now, what exactly is new with the 2018 Vios? For starters, G, GX and TRD Sportivo all get front parking sensors as standard, a feature Toyota claims to be a first in its class. A new DVD-AVX entertainment system with enhanced features is also on – it’s linked to a reverse camera on all variants except the Vios J MT and AT.

All variants of the Vios get shark fin antenna (the TRD variant is finished in gloss black) and illuminated steel scuff plates (except for the 1.5 J). The footwell lighting for all variants is now white in colour – only the TRD gets it in amber.

Other accessories such as the Panoramic View Monitor, dash-cam recorder and a more advanced seven-inch DVD-AVN infotainment display can be specified and included in the hire purchase loan. Vios J owners on the other hand, can choose to upgrade to the DVD-AVX 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, HDMI and reverse camera functions.

Mechanically, the Vios is unchanged. Under the bonnet is the same 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i unit, with variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. It produces 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm, with drive channeled to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic manual mode.

Safety-wise, the airbag count stays at two, but active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control are standard on all variants, in addition to ABS with EBD, Brake Assist and Isofix rear child seat anchors.

The Vios can be had in six exterior colours, from Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metalic, Attitude Black Mica, Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Super White II and White Pearl CS (the last one is only for the TRD Sportivo).

For a detailed comparison of the variants, check out the 2018 Toyota Vios at Carbase.my.

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