Hey, hardworking parents of studious children, graduation is just around the corner, and your kids who are about to graduate (from high school or college) might need a reward that’s going to be really useful in their immediate future as college students or as part of the country’s productive workforce. Make your new grads feel like a million bucks (for about 30% less), while at the same time lessening his or her carbon footprint as a motorist.
Last January 17, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently announced that it had just introduced the new Vios XE, touted to be an entry-level but top-quality sedan with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is easy to own for just P735,000. TMP has thus marketed this new Vios variant as “Xtra Economical, Xtra Efficient, and Xtra Easy to Drive.” It sure sounds like a perfect match for young drivers who are still on the start of their journeys to make a mark in society.
“Filipino drivers will get to experience the comfort of automatic transmission while enjoying all the hallmark features of the Toyota brand,” said TMP First Vice President Cristina Arevalo.
Under the Vios XE’s hood is the tried-and-tested 1.3L Dual VVT-i engine, a proven preferred powertrain for fuel efficiency. The XE also shares the same safety features present across all Vios variants: a 5-star ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating, 7 SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and Anti-Lock Brake System. These safety systems are ample protective measures for youngsters and new, inexperienced drivers who will certainly need all the help they can get from the latest automotive safety technologies.
In vibe with the tech-savviness of today’s youth, the Vios XE comes equipped with a touch screen 7” Display Audio with CD/MP3, weblink for both iOS/Android, as well as Bluetooth, USB, and AUX connectivity. In addition to its continuously variable transmission, the Vios XE makes the daily city drive easier with power steering, front and rear power windows, and power door locks.
And for us at TessDrive, the best thing about the Vios XE (like the other Vios variants) is that the car will be assembled locally at TMP’s Santa Rosa, Laguna assembly plant, thus boosting the country’s local automotive industry and greatly reducing every Vios XE unit’s carbon footprint starting right from its creation.
TMP estimates that the Vios XE variant will comprise around 25 to 30% of total Vios sales in the country.
Arevalo added. “And because it’s a Vios, customers can still expect to get the most out of their investment with the high resale value and reasonable maintenance cost that the model has been known for.”
Here are the current prices of the Vios variants, including the XE:
1.5 G Prime A/T P1,095,000
1.5 G A/T P1,040,000
1.5 G M/T P981,000
1.3 E Prime A/T P933,000
1.3 E A/T P878,000
1.3 E M/T P828,000
1.3 XE P735,000
1.3 J M/T P685,000
1.3 Base P659,000
The new Toyota Vios XE comes in four colors: Thermalyte, Red Mica Metallic, Freedom White, and Alumina Jade Metallic.