The Toyota Vios sedan, which will be launched in India next year, has cleared the ASEAN NCAP crash test with flying colours. The Singapore-spec car was tested, and it scored 5 stars in the crash test. Its body structure was also found to be stable and capable of withstanding further load.
The tested car was produced at Toyota’s Thailand manufacturing facility. It weighed 1,115 kilograms at the time of testing, and featured 7 airbags, a seatbelt warning lamp and electronic stability control. These features are standard on all Vios cars made in Thailand.
Coming to the Indian version, we are not certain if Toyota will retain the 7 airbags and electronic stability control as standard on all the variants of the car sold here. Since Toyota has always emphasized on safety in its cars sold even in India, we expect the top-end Vios to get these features as standard.
Even the base-spec Vios built and sold in India is expected to feature twin airbags, a seatbelt reminder system and ABS+EBD as standard features. This is similar to the safety-spec in which even Toyota budget cars such as the Etios and Liva are sold.
Etios and Liva models tested by Latin NCAP has revealed that both these cars have impressive safety scores, with stable body structures. So, a costlier car like the Vios, when built and sold here, is also expected to score well in terms safety. In India, the Vios will compete with the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna.
The C-Segment sedan is slightly smaller than competition. It is expected to be a petrol-only model initially, powered by a 1.5 liter engine producing 108 Bhp-140 Nm. 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are expected to be offered. Toyota is likely to show the car at the upcoming 2018 Indian Auto Expo, followed by a launch by the end of next year.