2013 Toyota Sai review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 30 August 2013 , 08:08:03 byVeronica

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Toyota Sai

Hybrid cars are something in fashion lately. There is an entire movement of creating eco-friendly cars, coming from the most important car manufacturers. There reasons why interest in these vehicles convinces even the biggest brands to enter the trend are not few. Toyota, one of the most respectable and innovative brands in the world, seems very stick to the idea of hybrid cars. After it has recently introduced the hybrid version of the Toyota Yaris, the company also launched the Toyota Sai facelift.

The Toyota Sai facelift is specially developed for the Japanese market and it looks a lot better than its older brother. The facelift consists in a new front fascia with an updated grille and some LED headlights. The back is also quite modified, as there is a new rear bumper and a redesigned trunk that has full-length taillights. The future Japanese customer can chose from three more paint schemes. They are the Red Mica Metallic, the Grey Mica Metallic and the Clear Stream Metallic. A set of brand new 16 inch wheels are have also been set on the car.

As the Toyota Sai has a quite playful origin name, Sai meaning talent and coloration, there must be something reminding us about it. And this is the inside of the vehicle. Looking a lot more modern, the car features an upgraded center console and modified switchgear. Wood and metal also find room inside the car. And for the most exigent client, Toyota offers a high-tech Navigation system, Blu-ray compatibility and USB inputs, too.

As we already now, the Toyota Sai comes as a hybrid model. It is powered by a 2.4-liter (2,362cc) engine that produces 150 HP (110 kW) and 187 Nm (138 lb-ft) of torque. It works mated to an electric motor that outputs 143 HP (105 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. This pairing gives the model a combined maximum output of 190 HP (140 kW) and a fuel-economy rating of 22.4 km/L (4.4 L/100km / 52.6 mpg US / 63.2 mpg UK) in the JC08 test cycle. Anyone can buy a Sai if he is willing to pay at least ¥3,210,000 ($32,610 / €24,655) for it.