|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
You are looking at the most important vehicle for Toyota Motor Philippines. Officially launched just a few days ago in the Queen City of the South, Cebu, the Toyota Wigo is the Japanese automaker’s first foray into the sub B-segment category and the one that’s expected to lift Toyota’s Philippine sales past 90,000 vehicles annually (they’re currently doing 70,000-plus). With the come-on of being “Easy to Own, Easy to Drive, Easy to Enjoy”, the Wigo is aimed at first-time car buyers who want a no-nonsense vehicle that can fit their increasingly mobile and sophisticated lifestyle. And the Wigo delivers.
With compact proportions measuring in at: 3,600 x 1,620 x 1,520 (L x W x H, in mm), the all-new Wigo is get this, just 200-mm shorter and 75-mm narrower than Toyota’s own Yaris sub-compact hatchback (height is the same). The Wigo’s generous dimensions are a precursor to its spacious interior that fits up to five adults in comfort. The simply-laid out cabin features silver metallic trim accents on the center dash, window switches, and even the air conditioning vents. The controls feature a sporty orange illumination and the oversized instrument cluster comes with a built-in multi-information display. CD/MP3/Aux/USB on the audio system is standard across the line, but the G model gets the added benefit of a 2-DIN touchscreen display that’s video capable and GPS ready.
Outside, the Wigo is wrapped around a sharply styled body that features an abundance of chrome. The front-end is a unique interpretation of Toyota’s current design language with its tapering upper and lower grille. The hourglass-shaped (or dare we say it, spindle grille) is connected to angular headlights with nifty carbon fiber-like garnishes. Meanwhile, arrow-shaped covers for the fog lamps create a sharp look. At the side, the Wigo comes with chrome door protection moldings on the G variant with 175/65R14 tires filling in the wheel wells (155/80R13 for the E variant). At the back, multi-reflector tail lamps and rear wiper (yes) is standard across the line. The G also gets a rear spoiler with an integrated high-mount stop lamp.
Under the hood, the Wigo is powered by a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine (1KR-FE) good for 65 horsepower and 85 Nm of torque. This engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual (E and G variants) or 4-speed automatic (G variant only). The front-wheel drive Wigo also features a MacPherson Strut front suspension and a semi-independent torsion beam axle with trailing arm for stability and comfort. An electric power steering (EPS) is also standard across the line making the most sophisticated sub-B segment hatchback out there.
In terms of safety, dual SRS airbags are standard and so are pre-tensioner/force-limiter equipped seatbelts for the front occupants. The G variant also gets the added benefit of anti-lock brakes and an immobilizer system to prevent car thefts.
It look Toyota a while to get into the entry-level mini car category. But as a company, Toyota Motor Philippines believes that the time to act is now. With the introduction of the Toyota Wigo, it proves that Toyota is not content on resting on its laurels. It’s a clear signal that they’re just going to get stronger and going into newer market segments with guns blazing.
The all-new Toyota Wigo is already available for sale at Toyota dealerships nationwide. It’s available in three variants: 1.0 E M/T (P 448,000), 1.0 G M/T (P 499,000), and 1.0 G A/T (P 534,000). There are also six colors to choose from: White, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Light Blue Metallic, Blue Metallic, and Black. Flexible financing options are also available for the Wigo now.
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