The timeline was initially reported last year, with Autoindustriya having a regional source that is said to be familiar with Toyota’s internal production schedules. With that, it was stated that a full-model change is slated in August 2022, following that is the availability of hybrid Vios a year after its launch.
As per the source, plans have not been delayed, as the updated information still goes in line with the August 2022 launch of the all-new Vios, or rather the Thai market’s Yaris Ativ. Moreover, it shall also go by the D92A model code, therefore, saying goodbye to the XP code that has been used in its first 3 generations.
The all-new subcompact sedan could possibly sit on the Daihatsu New Generation Architecture (DNGA), which is the counterpart of the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA). Given that, the upcoming model will possibly carry improvements when it comes to its driving characteristics, crash safety, and the rigidity of its platform, making it a huge leap from its predecessor.
No powertrain details were disclosed yet, though the source did state that a hybrid variant for the all-new Vios is expected to follow a year after its debut. Presumably, the more advanced motor might come in the form of a 1.5-liter hybrid, which is the same engine found on the Prius C or Aqua. Nonetheless, Toyota could still retain a 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter engine option for the gas variants of the Vios.
The current Toyota Vios has been around in the market for quite some time now, with the third-generation model going through a series of updates since 2013. Despite having dominated the segment in terms of sales, the Vios should get its deserved upgrade. Perhaps, its hybrid variant could entice more customers in the market.