UMW Toyota has begun teasing the new Toyota Vios, and all that has been offered is a Facebook posting stating that the order books for the car will open on November 22. Given that this is a day before the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) kicks off, it’s looking quite likely that the car will break cover at the show.

The new Vios is essentially the Yaris Ativ, the sedan version of the Yaris hatchback that’s sold in Thailand, but equipped with a larger displacement engine. In its Vios guise, the car has already made its market debut in Singapore and Indonesia, so its arrival here is well due.

While the Yaris Ativ has a 1.2 litre engine to comply with Thailand’s Eco Car rules, the Malaysian Vios will – like the Singapore and Indonesian versions – feature the familar 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i mill that was introduced on the Vios in 2016, with the mill paired with a CVT with seven virtual ratios. There should likely be no revision to the output, which is 105 hp (or 107 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

Singapore-spec new Toyota Vios

No surprise as to the variants – ads on have popped up and reveal regular E and higher-spec G trims, with a suggestion of pricing being in the RM85k and RM91k region respectively. Official specifications haven’t been revealed, but the car seems quite well kitted out, based on that listed in the ads.

Supposedly, equipment on the E – which rides on 15-inch wheels – will include LED daytime running lights, auto air-conditioning, parking sensors and a 6.8-inch DVD-AVX infotainment system. There’s also mention of a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert. Safety-wise, the Vios will come with seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and hill-start assist fitted as standard.

The Vios G adds LED tail lights, 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, paddle shifters and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, among other things. Also expected is a 4.2-inch multi-info display and an Optitron instrument cluster as well as a six-speaker audio system. We’ll have more info on the car when the time comes, and that should be pretty soon.

GALLERY: Singapore-spec new Toyota Vios

GALLERY: Toyota Yaris Ativ, Thailand market