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