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2013 Toyota Vios Spyshots

Written by Hans Cheong. Published on December 6, 2012 2:39 pm ,

If the punters are right, hiding beneath the camo materials on the car pictured above is the next generation Toyota Vios sedan, due in 2013. The full model change Toyota Vios is expected to make its public debut at March’s Bangkok International Motor Show in 2013, with sales in Thailand commencing by the second quarter of 2013.

This series of shots were first published by Chinese automotive portal Sohu Autos, but curiously, the permalink no longer works.

Earlier in April, Cars, Bikes and Trucks broke the news from Beijing that the Dear Qin Concept is a preview to the next generation Vios and Asean Yaris.

From the outline of the vehicle captured in these series of spyshots, we can tell that Toyota has dumped the frumpy looks of the current model. Similarities to the Dear Qin Concept’s front is obvious.

The new generation Vios will dump the frumpy looks of the current model, and feature a new ‘smiley’ face as featured on the Dear Qin Concept.

The Vios full model change will feature styling cues from the front end of an Auris.

From what we can gather, the Vios will adopt Toyota’s new corporate face for its global models, as previewed by the Auris hatchback (on sale in Europe, Japan and Australia) and RAV4 .

Higher range models are expected to match the specifications levels of the Nissan Almera. meaning premium features like engine push-start button and keyless entry will be offered.

Another point of interest is that Toyota has decided to move the instrument cluster to a more conventional location. The previous two generation of Vios featured centrally mounted instrument clusters.

Ergonomics research show that centrally mounted displays are easier on the eye, requiring less time for the driver’s eyes to refocus between far away objects and reading the instruments.

While objective research data shows the benefits and Japanese drivers are receptive of it. Drivers in overseas markets don’t appreciate it as much.

Looking at how long Toyota keeps its engine and transmission on the market, we are not expecting the current 1.5-litre VVT-i and 4-speed automatic transmission combo to be changed. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, provided that prices don’t stray too far from its current level. Mechanically, there is nothing wrong with the Vios and while its looks may polarize many, we appreciate its trouble free simplicity and proven reliability.

2013 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for the B-segment. Honda will also be renewing its City sedan in late 2013, while sales likely to start in 2014.

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