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Monday, April 18, 2022

All-New 2023 Toyota Vios Set For Q3 Launch


Toyota’s new product salvo won’t be ending anytime soon. Reports coming out of Thailand say the all-new Vios is slated for a launch this third quarter, and it will finally shift to a brand-new platform.

According to a report by Thai website headlightmag, the next-generation 2023 Vios is slated for a launch between July to September of this year. And get this, it will shift from its current platform to the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform.

Said to be codenamed D92A (the current is known as the XP150), it will ride on the same platform as the Raize, Avanza, and Veloz.

Shifting to the DNGA platform should provide the all-new Vios with increased rigidity for enhanced handling and safety. Moreover, it should also benefit from some weight savings as well.

It’s reported that Toyota will also bring its hybrid powertrain to the sub-compact sedan space by mating a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with their Hybrid THS-II system—a system already in use in the Camry, Corolla Altis, Corolla Cross, and RAV4. However, it’s also possible that they’ll go with Daihatsu technology altogether and instead adopt the e-Smart Hybrid—a system introduced in the Raize.

As for engines, the publication reports that the Vios will receive a normally-aspirated 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a CVT. Take note though that because of Thailand’s unique Eco Car program, it’s more likely that the Philippines will not get this engine, and will instead keep the current Vios’s 1.3- and 1.5-liter engines (1NR-FE and 2NR-FE). The engines are, after all, also found in the all-new Avanza.

As to how the D92A Vios would look like, inspiration is said to come from the Daihatsu DN F-Sedan (see lead photo) which made its global debut in 2017 at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

The concept measures 4,200 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,430 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,510 mm. If these dimensions stay true for the production version, that means it’ll be smaller in every aspect compared to the current-generation Vios.

Thailand is set to be the first country to get the all-new Vios. No mention has been made regarding production plans as of yet. Currently, the Philippine market Vios is produced in Santa Rosa, Laguna. If Toyota Motor Philippines doesn’t re-tool its facilities, it could very well spell the end of the Vios’s run as a Filipino-made vehicle.

12 comments:

  1. Carry over an 18 year old engine and call it "all new".

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  2. By the way, this ain't no Toyota. It's a Daihatsu.

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    1. *ahem* Toyota owns Daihatsu...

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  3. Cheaper Vios incoming. Finally no more crap made by Pinoy.

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    1. Please don't say that word... It is too racist.

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    2. "no more crap made by Pinoy"

      Ok good luck if the Santa Rosa plant stopped production. You're probably enjoying seeing someone losing jobs from there.

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  4. Real Toyotas will now start from the Yaris.

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  5. Since it now uses the new D-NGA architecture (and there's zero reports of Toyota PH upgrading their Santa Rosa plant) then might as well, save money by closing their Santa Rosa plant and stop making vehicles locally altogether.


    Philippines is already a rotting dead horse in local car manufacturing, might as well we all import to God-knows-what limit. If Toyota decides to upgrade that plant i'll be very surprised.

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  6. Oh no, another possible assembly plant closure. And a big one at that :(

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  7. Chinese sedans are slowly crawling all over the streets of the country. It's advantage well price, fully packed features and good design.

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  8. Chinese cars are all CRAP.

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