Pace Notes

Toy­ota sets its sights on re­gain­ing lo­cal sedan mar­kets with new Camry and Vios

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Toy­ota has a new Camry, Pero­dua has an ex­cit­ing con­cept car and the Pro­ton X70 has fi­nally been show­cased pub­licly. Read all about them in our round-up of this year’s Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show (KLIMS18)

The Toy­ota ex­hibit at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show (KLIMS18) may have been graced by the likes of the FT-1 and i-Road con­cepts, as well as a stun­ning TS030 LMP1 pro­to­type. But the head­line acts were two debu­tants in the lo­cal pas­sen­ger car mar­ket that should come as a mas­sive boost to UMW Toy­ota’s 2019 sales prospects.

Mak­ing its Malaysian de­but at the on­go­ing mo­tor show was the all-new Toy­ota Camry, which is now on sale with a sole 2.5-litre Dual VVT-I en­gine. The

2AR-FE four-pot en­gine fea­tures some­thing Toy­ota calls ACIS (Acous­tic Con­trol In­duc­tion Sys­tem) which sup­pos­edly en­hances out­put through­out the en­gine’s op­er­at­ing range. The grand to­tal is 184PS and 235Nm of torque de­liv­ered to the front wheels via a six-speed ‘Su­per ECT’ au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Built on the light­weight Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture (TNGA), the eighth-gen­er­a­tion Camry is a dis­tinc­tively new prod­uct, with aes­thetic cues such as the wide in­take grille, bi-LED head­lights and the wind tun­nel-tested body lines pro­duc­ing a look that wouldn’t look en­tirely out of place in a Lexus show­room. Af­ter all, pre­mium fea­tures like a nine-speaker JBL au­dio sys­tem, 10-inch head-up dis­play and Qi wire­less charger are all part of the pack­age.

There’s quite a lot on the safety front as well. Pre-Col­li­sion Sys­tem (PCS), Dy­namic Radar Cruise Con­trol (DRCC), Lane De­par­ture Alert (LDA) with Steer­ing As­sist, Au­to­matic High Beam (AHB) are among the acronyms parked un­der the Toy­ota Safety Sense um­brella, while fea­tures such as Blind Spot Mon­i­tor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert (RCTA) should come in handy too.

The sole vari­ant in its range for now, the Toy­ota Camry 2.5 V re­tails at RM189,900.

At the op­po­site end of Toy­ota’s sedan spec­trum is its most af­ford­able and ar­guably most pop­u­lar name­plate in re­cent times, the Toy­ota Vios. Of­fi­cially, the fourth-gen Vios will only go on sale next year. But UMW Toy­ota has al­ready pub­lished in­dica­tive prices which start at RM77,200 for the 1.5J up to RM87,300 for the range-top­ping 1.5G.

The hard­ware un­der the hood is largely the same as be­fore, with the new Vios draw­ing power from the 107PS/140Nm 2NR-FE 1.5-litre four-banger across the range. Drive is man­aged by a CVT with seven vir­tual ra­tios. How­ever, the car looks all-new in­side and out – the cock­pit is par­tic­u­larly sportier, es­pe­cially in the G vari­ant which comes with an Op­titrom me­ter, multi-info dis­play, elec­trochromic rear-view mir­ror and pad­dle shifters.

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