Alongside the new Toyota Camry, distributor UMW Toyota Motor is also previewing the new Toyota Vios at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Intenational Motor Show (KLIMS), with the order books opening today. The popular B-segment sedan has been completely revised and is based on the latest ASEAN-market Yaris hatchback.

Three variants will be available at launch, with pricing for the Vios 1.5 J estimated at RM77,200, the 1.5 E at RM81,200 and the 1.5 G at RM87,300. Included is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

The distinctive front fascia is shared with the Yaris, 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. Power comes from a carryover 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, making 107 PS 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 in 2016.

Standard kit includes reflector halogen headlights with a follow-me-home function, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, fabric seats, a drive mode switch with Eco and Sport modes, automatic air-conditioning, illuminated door sill scuff plates, front footwell illumination, rear parking sensors and a CD/radio head unit with Bluetooth and four speakers.

The mid-spec E adds LED tail lights, fog lights, auto-fold door mirror with indicators, an acoustic glass windscreen, 60:40 split-folding rear seats with a centre armrest, a multifunction steering wheel and a DVD-AVX infotainment system with a 360-degree camera system and a front digital video recorder (i.e. dashcam).

Opting for the top-spec G gives you projector headlights, 16-inch alloys, premium solar and security tint, leather on the seats, steering wheel, gearknob and front armrest, paddle shifters, an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch multi-info display, six speakers, front parking sensors.

Safety-wise, all models get seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control and rear ISOFIX child seat anchors, with the E and G variants also getting a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

Available colours include the new Dark Blue Metallic, Red Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic and Super White II. Also on offer are options including a RM2,160 DVD-AVX system for the J variant, a RM350 rear digital video recorder, RM2,120 premium solar and security tint for the J and E variants and a RM2,800 aerokit that you see here.

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