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Toyota PH has axed the 1.5-liter Vios

The 1.3-liter version remains

We'll miss the punchy little 1.5 G. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

With so many models in its lineup, and inflation driving up prices everywhere, it was inevitable that Toyota Motor Philippines would do some culling in its stable.

The punchy 1.5-liter variant of the Vios has disappeared from Toyota’s website, leaving only four variants of the thriftier 1.3-liter version.

The top dog is now the 98hp 1.3 XLE with a CVT, 15-inch alloy wheels, driver and front passenger airbags, and eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as the main highlights.

Nice things like speed-sensing door locks, all-disc brakes, smart entry, push-start ignition, and auto climate control are absent because those were reserved for the 1.5 G.

It may be gone from the website, but maybe you could find a 1.5 in a dealership somewhere. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

A five-speed manual transmission can still be had with the XLE and the J. The stripped-down XE is paired with a CVT, which loses the wireless door locks and power-adjustable mirrors of the XLE.

The wheels of the XE and the J are downgraded to 175/65 R14s on steel rims, but the XE still gets the eight-inch display screen. The taxi-favorite, manual-equipped 1.3 J gets by with a 2DIN stereo.

All variants still benefit from stability control, hill-start assist,  antilock brakes, Isofix child seat tethers, and a rear sonar, with the XLE also getting a rearview monitor.

A 1.3-liter Vios costing P902,000 is another sign of inflation these days. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Pricing for the 1.3-liter Vios lineup is as follows:

  • XLE CVT – P902,000
  • XLE MT – P862,000
  • XE CVT – P774,000
  • XE J MT – P732,000

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.