For the last few months, rumors have been flowing about the discontinuation of Xli and Gli variant of the Toyota Corolla lineup. Toyota may be shifting their strategy of offering two different categories of the sedan to contend with Honda, or it may be for the reason that of the threat of new upcoming international companies.
As we by now know that Toyota Indus Motor imports parts for their locally assembles cars from Thailand so we can look forward to the upcoming Toyota Vios to be quite alike to the one offered in Thailand. Toyota Thailand offers four variants (S, G, E & J). As Honda City has two main variants, Honda City and Honda City Aspire, so we will be just looking at the fully loaded version and the base version of Toyota Vios. We won’t be talking about the powertrain alternative, and the transmission .We’ll only be discussing on the interior, exterior and features.
On the exterior of the car, you get a Projection LED headlamps which actually elevate the looks of the car and give it a sporty and aggressive look. The front bumper has the LED daytime running lights and fog lamps for foggy weather. The base version gets simple multi-reflector headlamps with easy black plastic covering the bumper inserts for the Daytime running lights plus the fog lamps.
The back side of both the variants is quite similar. The only obvious difference is the chrome grill for the fully loaded variant and body colored grill for the base variant. The same goes for the door handles as well. 16 inch two-toned, beautiful alloys are standard on the fully loaded version whereas the base version gets 15-inch steel rims with simple hubcaps.
Moving on to the interior, it’s a entirely different car altogether. The base version comes equipped with simple black and beige interior whereas the fully loaded version has black interior with red places in the dash plus the side door panels which make it feel sportier. The door handles of the totally equipped version are finished in shiny piano black whereas the simpler version gets a simple rough appearing black plastic. Same is the case with the gear knob. On the base version, you get easy fabric seats with a urethane steering wheel as measure up to Leather seat covers, and leather stitched steering wheel on the fully equipped version.
On the base version, you too miss out on simple things like high mount stop lamp, intermittent wipers, reverse camera, infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering wheel controls, rear disk brakes, and the best of them all push start with keyless entry.
Some of the standard features take in OVRM also known as side mirror indicators, LED tail lamps, all-four power windows, height adjuster (driver side only), power folding mirrors, immobiliser, traction control, ABS, EBD and BA added with the minimum two airbags (driver+passenger).