2017 Toyota Vitz Facelift Launched in Japan

Toyota Motor Japan has launched the 2017 Toyota Vitz hatchback featuring a facelifted exterior and the option of a 1.5L Hybrid variant. The new Vitz is priced between 1,181,520 – 2,237,760 yen.

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The exterior of the new Toyota Vitz comes with a redesigned fascia, which appears to be an evolution of the outgoing model. It now looks more striking, featuring a grille that is made bigger and goes all the way up to its nose, new bi-Beam LED headlamps and redesigned fog lamps. The rear-end features new horizontal LED tail lamps, and a scooped out rear bumper.

Not much has changed inside the new Vitz. A fabric Barrel Brown upholstery and door cards with a brown shade is now available in the Vitz U grade, and a ‘Marsala’ sepia tone fabric upholstery and dashboard trim are available in the Hybrid Jewela and Jewela (including the Smart Stop package) grades.

The 2017 Toyota Vitz retains the 69 PS 1.0L 3-cyl 1KR-FE and 99 PS 1.3L 4-cyl 1NR-FKE engines, while the top-end variants, powered by a 1NZ-FXE 1.5L petrol engine paired with an electric motor combined, produce 100 PS. It is capable of a mileage of 34.4 km/L (JC08 cycle).

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Vitz (as a used JDM import) has been a popular car in our market since more than a decade, and without any proper 3S service the car continues to be seen on our roads in large numbers. It is hard to understand why Indus Motors has never bothered to launch a local assembled Toyota Vitz here. A Vitz assembled in Pakistan backed by proper 3S service and localization will obviously become even more successful than it is today and will help Toyota grasp the premium 1.0L hatchback segment of the country.

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