Toyota WISH

Zaheer June 16, 2011 0


Toyota WISH is a compact MPV introduced for the first time by the Toyota Motor Corporation in 2003. Toyota WISH is offered both as a six- and seven-seater and available with two engine variants, i.e. a 1.8-L and 2.0-L gasoline engines. Comparing to the other MPVs in the lineup, it is ranked just above the Spacio and just below the Ipsum.

WISH is assembled in multiple countries, i.e. in Japan for Japanese market, in Thailand for the domestic as well as Malaysian and Singapore markets and in Taiwan,

First Generation (2003-2005)

The first generation WISH was built by a team of engineers and designers under the supervision of Chief Engineer Takeshi Yoshida. It was introduced for the first time in October 2002 at the Tokyo Auto Show. However, the car went on sale in Japan on January 20, 2003 and marketed under the slogan ‘Wish Comes True’.

The front-wheel drive version codenamed ZNE10G and the all-wheel drive version codenamed ZNE14G, both come with 1.8-L 1ZZ-FE engine, generating 132 PS and 170 Nm of torque. 4-speed automatic is the only transmission available with it. In April 2003, a new 2.0-L version was added in the lineup powered by 1AZ-FE direct-injection engine, generating 155 PS (114 kW) and 192 Nm (142 lb-ft). The versions with a 2.0-L D-4 engine are available with a CVT gearbox.

In December 2003, the Toyota Thailand introduced a locally assembled Toyota WISH in the Thailand market as well. Both Japanese and Thailand version had many features in common with some minor variations. Some of the prominent difference include: the 2.0Z fenders, standard 17-inch alloy wheels, and the most prominent was the absence of Torsion beam rear suspension in Thailand model.

In November 2004, the WISH was introduced in Taiwan and the slogan used here was ‘No Rules!’ The version offered in Taiwan has a same engine as offered in the Thailand version and both lack the Toyota’s D-4 technology. The version assembled in Taiwan comes with some minor variations like a new front end, revised rear LED taillights, reflectors recessed into a rear bumper, body color/chrome side rubbing strips and a cleaner chrome rear plate garnish.

Seeing the success of Toyota WISH in the Japanese market, the company revised the 2005 model of WISH. Some of the changes made in this facelift include different headlights, bumpers, LED taillights, dashboard, revised switchgear for the climate control and automatic transmission. The 2.0Z version came with a 7-gear transmission.

G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service was offered as an option for the 2007 model year in Japan only.

Second Generation ZGE20 (2009-Present)

The second generation model WISH was introduced in Japan in April 2009. The new generation WISH receives a Toyota’s Dual VVT-i 2ZR-FAE 1.8-L as well as 3ZR-FAE 2.0-L engines. All the models in second generation come equipped with Toyota’s 7-speed Super CVT-i transmission.

Handling

The second generation WISH features front ventilated disc brakes. Also, almost all the models of WISH offer rear disc brakes with an exception of 1.8X 2WD that comes with rear drum brakes.

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