After being teased by the Japanese automaker a few weeks ago, the all-new 2023 Toyota Vios has finally made its global debut in Thailand. Called the Yaris Ativ in their market, Toyota’s latest generation of its subcompact sedan is a significant step forward compared to its predecessor.
From the outside, the 2023 Toyota Vios has been given a fastback design for this generation. The front end is characterized by a wide grille that’s flanked by slim headlights–in which higher variants come with full LED units. That fastback design is evident when viewed from the side, wherein its roofline slopes downward dramatically towards the trunk.
Moving towards the rear end, we can see that the Vios has been given wide and slim taillights, likewise finished in full LEDs in higher variants. It even comes with sequential rear LED turn signals, giving it a very modern look among its competitors.
The all-new Vios now rides on the brand’s Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), which is also used by other affordable Toyota vehicles like the Avanza, Veloz, and Raize. There’s increased structural rigidity and refinement as a result compared to the outgoing Vios. In addition, the newly-redesigned suspension also aims to improve both ride and handling.
Moving inside, the 2023 Toyota Vios has a significantly upgraded interior. Higher variants even come with a padded dashboard with real stitching and quilted leather seats, and you can opt for red or brown leather upholstery. 64-color LED ambient lights, along with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all give the Vios a very upscale vibe, especially for an affordable subcompact sedan. Those are the rear then benefit from rear aircon vents and USB ports.
Because the 2023 Toyota Vios (Yaris Ativ) is part of Thailand’s eco-car program, it comes with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 94 hp and 110 Nm of torque that’s mated to a CVT. Outside Thailand, the Vios will most likely retain the same 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engines as before, with the former producing 98 hp and 123 Nm while the latter produces 106 hp and 140 Nm of torque.
The 2023 Toyota Vios also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assistance tech, and this includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. This comes on top of the standard suite of airbags, electronic stability control, and even a 360-degree camera.
With the all-new Vios finally debuting in Thailand, it’s only a matter of time before this subcompact sedan reaches the Philippines. After all, the Vios is the Philippines’ best-selling car, which makes it a very important model for Toyota.