The 2018 model year sees the popular Toyota Vios being upgraded with refreshed looks and extra accessories, making it better value for money.

For the top-of-the-range Vios TRD, the bodykit now has enhanced sporty looks with new colour-coordinated stripes. The exclusive bodykit, designed by TRD Asia, gives a sportier look as well as functional benefits in the form of improved aerodynamics. The door mirror covers are now finished in black as well.

For the other variants, there is a new bodykit with honeycomb design grille that follows the latest styling trends. For the 2018 model, the gets new seat cover designs for the GX, E and J grades. The leather seat cover for the GX variant is perforated to provide ventilation and improve comfort.

Parking sensors are fitted to the Vios 1.5 TRD, GX and G variants, making parking easier and safer. While rear sensors are common these days, the Vios also has front sensors which will help in getting into tight spots and avoid bumping against other objects that can damage the paintwork on the bumper.

All variants of the Vios are now fitted with a compact Shark Fin antenna on the roof (black for the TRD variant, body colour for the rest). Due to its slim cross-section, this type of antenna has lower wind noise compared to the conventional pole type and does not need to be retracted or removed if the car is passing through an automated car-wash machine.

Scuff plates are also installed on the door sills of all variants to provide protection for the paintwork as well as add a stylish touch. Except for the Vios 1.5 J, the stainless steel scuff plates on all the other variants also illuminate when the doors are opened. The foot lamp illumination has been given a new look with amber colour for the TRD variant and white for other variants.

Accessories such as Panoramic View Monitor (pictured above), Digital Video Recorder and more advanced DVD-AVN infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone and internet connectivity are still available for all Vios. For Vios 1.5 J owners who wish to upgrade their infotainment system, there is an optional DVD-AVX system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen that comes with Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI, Voice Dial as well as the Reverse Camera.

The cost of these accessories can be included in the hire purchase (H-P) loan amount if specified at the time the car is purchased. They are fitted at UMW Toyota Motor’s own Accessories Centre by trained installers and come with a warranty against manufacturing defects.

There are six variants available to choose with prices starting from RM74,980 (without insurance). From now until the end of February 2018, purchasers of the new Vios can save up to RM2,512 and get an ang-pow worth RM988, plus free accessories. All offers are for selected variants and subject to terms and conditions, while stocks last.

All Toyota models come with a 5-year warranty and unlimited mileage. This warranty can also be transferred to the next owner if the car is sold off within the first 5 years after original registration.

To find out more about the latest Vios and special offers available, visit where the locations of authorised Toyota showrooms can also be found.

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