In 2014, Toyota updated the popular Vitz hatchback. The presentation of the model took place on April 21, 2014. The main theme of restyling was the term “Lively”, which means bright, vibrant, active. The car received a completely new front end (headlights, grille and bumper) and some changes in the interior, including a new display on the instrument panel. In addition, Witz became the first Toyota model, which received a new engine with the highest thermal efficiency in the world. We are talking about the latest 4-cylinder 1.3-liter 1NR-FKE gasoline unit. Of the other improvements, the manufacturer notes an increase in body stiffness due to additional welding points in the area of the central tunnel. With the use of better soundproofing materials, the car became quieter at high speeds.
Restyling of the third-generation Toyota Vitz affected the interior of the car. The front panel has undergone modernization. The hatchback has a new center console and a new oversized glove box-organizer. Improved interior decoration, updated instrument cluster. An eco-counter allows you to evaluate the driver’s actions and fuel efficiency on a 100-point scale, with detailed information on the distances traveled. Available trim levels include F, Jewela, U, RS sports and the even more dynamic G's. Four variants of alloy wheels are offered, 17 body colors are available, of which seven are new. Particularly spectacular Vitz looks in bright yellow Luminous Yellow. Options Jewela has a two-tone black and beige interior. The special edition of Smart Style 2015 offers numerous exterior and interior decorations, as well as improved equipment compared to the basic version, including a chip key with two 2 smart buttons, an anti-theft system. The new 1.3-liter 1NR-FKE engine is even more effective than the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder powerplant 1KR-FE (69 hp), with which the Vitz can travel 24 km per 1 liter (4.16 l per 100 km). In the new unit, created on the basis of 1NR-FE, the Atkinson cycle is introduced - with an increase in the degree of compression and thermal efficiency. Highly efficient fuel combustion made it possible to achieve a record for Witz economics: in test mode JC08 (Japanese “mixed cycle”), it reaches 25 km / l (4 l per 100 km) with an engine power of 99 “forces” (for 1NR-FE - 95 l with.). Sport versions of the Vitz RS are still equipped with a 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE (109 hp). On all versions of Toyota Vitz, a CVT is installed, only RS can be equipped with a 5-speed "mechanics". Four-wheel drive is available as an option for versions with a 1.3-liter engine.
The Toyota Vitz suspension retains its previous design - suspension struts in the front and torsion bar suspension in the rear. With restyling, the suspension settings have changed, new shock absorbers have been installed. In cars with all-wheel drive, torque is actively controlled: under normal conditions, it is transmitted to the front axle, the rear axle is connected if necessary and helps when starting on a slippery surface, during acceleration or when cornering. The dimensions of the hatchback are 3885 x 1695 x 1500mm. Interior dimensions: 1920 x 1390 x 1250 mm. Witz’s luggage compartment is small, but not the smallest by class standards. There are many compartments for things.
The standard for all modifications was a set of six airbags (frontal, side, and air curtains disclosed for the entire length of the passenger compartment). The special design of the head restraints reduces the likelihood of a whiplash neck injury, and a structure is integrated into the ceiling that mitigates the effects of head bumps. Preventive safety systems include active dynamics control, as well as ABS with a brake force distribution system and emergency braking system. The car can be equipped with an automatic light switch and LED headlights with auto-correction function.
The third-generation Toyota Vitz gives an example of evolutionary development, as they say, “keeping up to date”. This popular compact hatchback deserves the closest interest, which, in fact, is happening on the market, where the new Vitz, despite the “incorrect” steering wheel arrangement, has already managed to win a considerable number of fans, both among the former adherents of the model and the new ones. And the prices are quite interesting.