Toyota has been snapped testing the Vios sedan in India. A test mule was spotted recently, bearing a temporary Karnataka registration plate in Lonavala.
The car wore no camouflage or what so ever to conceal the design and lines, but Toyota did think it was a clever move to remove the badge from the front grille.
From the outside, the car looks premium, compared to the Etios. The front design is similar to that of the Corolla Altis, with the swept-back headlight design.
Similar to the Etios, the Vios' side profile looks simple, but the attention grabbing feature is the eight-spoke alloy wheels that highlight the side profile of the car. The rear receives wraparound taillights as well, to go with the front profile design.
Speaking of power, the Vios' engine is still a mystery. The Japanese carmaker could use the same 68bhp 1.4-litre diesel and the 90bhp 1.5-litre petrol engines.
Again, there are high possibilities that Toyota could retune the above mentioned engines to extract more power and performance. Toyota could also offer an optional automatic gearbox with the Vios.
Once launched, either towards the end of 2017 or early 2018, the Vios would compete with the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and the Volkswagen Vento in the Indian market.