Toyota Vios
Toyota Vios sedan imported for Research and Development. Pictured: Toyota ViosPR handout

Japanese carmaker Toyota has imported its Vios sedan to India for research and development, indicating that the talk is on to introduce the sedan in the sub-continent.

Zauba records, which tracks details of India's import and export data, reveal that a unit of the Vios sedan has been imported to the country from Thailand for a declared value of Rs. 9.4 lakh.

Toyota Vios has been long-rumoured for the Indian market and the sedan was earlier too brought to India for R&D. The Vios was even expected to be a part of the Auto Expo 2016 and the latest documents from Zauba have fuelled a fresh round whispers in the auto-corridor about the launch of the model in the Indian market.

Coming to the specifications of the Vios, the sedan measures 4,410mm in length, 1,700mm in width and 1,475mm in height, and has a large wheelbase of 2,550mm. The model in question is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel engine when launched in India. It was reported earlier that if Toyota brings the Vios sedan to the Indian market, the car would be imported from Thailand as completely knocked down units (CKD) and will be assembled at Toyota India's manufacturing facility in Bangalore.

The Vios is likely to come equipped with safety features such as Anti-lock brake system (ABS) and dual front airbags as standard. In India, when launched, the Vios will take on the likes of Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. As for features, the sedan is expected to come packed with touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and start-stop button.

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