Toyota officially launches the new Vios GR-S in Malaysia

Would you like to see it land on our shores?
by Leandre Grecia | Dec 18, 2020
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Well, it seems the beastly Toyota GR Yaris has a sibling now. After weeks of speculation and some spy shots making rounds on cyberspace, Toyota has officially unveiled the Vios GR-S (GR Sport) in Malaysia.

Like the GR Yaris, the Vios GR-S embodies that whole sporty Gazoo Racing design. Up front is a new-look grille and bumper with aggressive-looking air intakes that are actually reminiscent of the GR Yaris’ front fascia. This face is matched with an equally sporty rear end with a new spoiler and bumper.

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More GR-branded bits can be found inside the cabin. There are suede leather sport seats with red accent stitching and GR emblems on the headrests, a 4.2-inch multi-information display with red meters and exclusive GR animation screen, and even a GR-themed push-to-start ignition button.

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Of course, there are also mechanical upgrades here. The MacPherson strut up front and torsion beam out back (both with stabilizers) have supposedly been tuned for sports performance. The Vios GR-S also sits on 17-inch black alloy rims shod in Toyo Tires Proxes TR1, which is the same high-performance tires equipped in Malaysia’s Toyota GR Vios challenge cars.

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What’s surprising (or borderline upsetting) is that Toyota decided to leave the stock Vios engine untouched. That means under the hood of the Vios GR-S is still a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter four-banger that generates 107hp and 140Nm of torque. Bummer.

This engine, though, comes with a CVT with a 10-speed Sport Mode available. There are paddle shifters at the driver’s disposal, too, so that should make up a bit for the bone-stock powertrain.

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Other extra features in the new Vios GR-S include an Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible seven-inch infotainment system and the Toyota Safety Sense package. And as far as pricing goes, this thing is priced at RM95,284, or around P1.13 million in local currency.

So, what do you think of the new Vios GR-S? Do you think Toyota Motor Philippines should bring this in?

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