Design backstory
The Toyota development team decided to try a premium and upscale design. The result is a more elegant design and an ingenious fusion of athletic performance and premium design. The Premio has been in production by Toyota from 2001 consequently closing production doors on the Toyota Corona.

The second generation Toyota Premio makes entrance in mid 2007, and features a refined design that results in a pretty sedan that’s both exciting to look at and more importantly to drive, reestablishing itself as the new standard in the compact sedan segment.

Exterior
The exterior of the Premio is a great implementation of a luxurious and premium feel design, with creases and accent lines in the right places. A redesigned front bumper with silver accent lining for the fog lamps is coupled with a horizontal grille in high gloss metallic finish housing the logo sits up front in a beautiful design harmony. The design of the exterior sees great improvement and incorporates the Toyota Smart entry and start system, mirror LED indicators and a redesign of the taillights as standard available options for the exterior, with 16 inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, parking sensors and reverse camera as available options.

Interior
The completely redesigned interior is a striking fusion of a high degree of personal space and modern styling in excellent craftsmanship. The interior is a striking balance of premium material and wood finish that enhances comfort and brings great visual satisfaction. All the dials and controls are well placed and radiate great sense of design. The wood and leather stitched steering wheel is nice on the feel and very fluid when cornering and has steering audio and voice controls as an available option.


The ergonomically redesigned seats provide for maximum comfort and ease of engagement and offer electronic adjustment with lumbar support as options.


The second row has room for three adults but comfortably seats two with a center armrest with twin cup holders. The interior design language on the Premio, as with its Toyota Allion twin is well thought and implemented.

Performance
Three power train variants are available on the second generation model Premio: 1.5 litre VVTi, 1.8 litre Valvematic and a 2.0 litre Valvematic. They’re coupled with a well capable super CVT automatic transmission. Front 2WD configuration is standard across the range with 4WD option available for the Valvematic powered variants.

A sporty performance with a premium finish have been at the core of the design philosophy of the Toyota Premio. It has an set of credentials that stacks it well against competition in the compact sedan segment. It offers the same performance and interior design with its Toyota Allion twin that has a more aggressive performance style finish.