The A-segment hatchback scene is abuzz yet again after Toyota Motors Philippines recently announced that the refreshed 2017 Wigo is now in the country. In fact, some dealerships already have several units of the updated Wigo on display.
It gets a more aggressive look that conforms with the brand's current design language, along with a revised cabin as well. There's even a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine under the hood.
But what other features can we expect from the 2017 Wigo? Well, according to a well-connected source, Toyota's A-segment hatchback has received quite a lot of revisions and upgrades. Beside the obvious nip and tuck, a host of new standard equipment and technologies have made their way into the humble five-door.
First off, a new set of projector halogens and light signatures are now available in the Wigo. LED combination taillights also come as standard now on the Wigo. There's even a new color available called 'Orange Metallic'.
Over to its interior, the front seats have been redesigned. According to the source, it has better side supports as well as improved lumbar support. They are also upholstered in a new fabric trim that aims to give the Wigo a sportier image. The dials and multi-info display have been tweaked as well, with the latter now having an indicator for automatic models.
A new center headrest has been added for the rear bench while the center lap belt has been replaced with a 3-point seat belt. There is even a luggage cover for the rear compartment. A light reminder, belt-minder, door ajar warning and anti-lock brakes (ABS) have been added as well for increased safety.
As mentioned earlier, the 2017 Wigo has a new 1.0-liter engine. Gone is the 1KR-FE as it has been replaced by the 1KR-VE. The engine produces slightly more torque (89 Nm over the previous engine's 85 Nm) and now benefits from VVT-i, making it more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient according to Toyota. A new drive-by-wire throttle has been installed as well which replaces the mechanical cable. Toyota claimed this will deliver smoother engine response.
With the A-segment hatchback slowly becoming more advanced and cutthroat, Toyota had their work cut out for them. Will the 2017 Wigo rake in the sales? We'll find out soon enough when the automaker officially launches the hatchback.