Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Toyota Ractis and Subaru Trezia 2015 minor change

It's the new Toyota Ractis (Verso-S) and Subaru Trezia! Sort of...The second-generation Toyota Ractis, as well as its Subaru twin, the Trezia, has been updated for the 2015 model year and for these compact cars, they're now more economical and keen looking than ever before.

2015 Subaru Trezia

2015 Toyota Ractis

Well, on the outside, some subtle changes are occurred from the front grille, revised headlamps, revised rear lamps, and a little else of that. Not only the outside gets some cosmetic changes but on the inside...

2015 Subaru Trezia interior

2015 Toyota Ractis interior

...well, there interior's mildly revised with the hint of a revised instrumental panel for some models. Now, even though the cosmetic changes is a bit enough to differentiate it from the pre-facelift, the biggest change happened on both the Trezia and the Ractis is the implementation of the brand new 1NR-FKE engine first applied on the Vitz minor change last month.

1NR-FKE


For a quick recap, the 1NR-KFE engine uses the Atkinson Cycle commonly used in their hybrid cars and provides and enhanced expansion ration and reduces waste heat through a high compression ratio of 13.5:1. It can be utilized with the use of a tumble flow-generating intake, cooled EGR, and VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing - intelligent Electric) technology.

With the new 1NR-FKE engine, both the Trezia and the Ractis will have the JC08 Mode-calculated fuel economy of 20.0kmpl but couple that with the idling stop feature and it will return about 21.8kmpl, making it one of the class-leading fuel-economy figures ever recorded. Of course, if you want more power, you can opt for the 1.5L 1NZ-FE engine, which develops 109PS of power output and fuel economy of 20.6kmpl when equipped with an idling stop function. Of course, most models do come with the CVT gearbox but for 1.5L models, the CVT comes with a 7-speed manual mode and a SPORT switch which makes it a bit too peppy...I think...

The 2015 Ractis starts from 1,615,091 up to 1,954,800 Japanese Yen (about $16,200 to $19,550) while the 2015 Trezia starts from 1,566,000 up to 2,131,000 Japanese Yen (about $15,700 to $21,310). The pricing may not be textbook but they can be a smart buy for the smart consumers.

Available colors for the Ractis: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Black Mica, Super Red V, Bronze Mica Metallic, Light Blue Mica Metallic, Satin Blue Mica Metallic, Deep Amethyst Mica Metallic, and Super White II.

Available Colors for the Trezia: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Black Mica, Super Red V, Bronze Mica Metallic, Satin Blue Mica Metallic, and Deep Amethyst Mica Metallic.

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