The Wish is a compact seven-seater minivan that has gained a solid reputation for its sporty styling, wide-ranging utility and comfortable driving performance—with sales of more than half a million units—since its launch in January 2003.  The new, second-generation model has enhanced sportiness and comfort, and features significant improvements in driving, environmental and safety performance.  The result is a vehicle that aims to meet a user’s every “wish”.

All vehicles in the series feature a new-generation engine with “Valvematic”, which is a continuously variable valve-lift and valve-timing mechanism that achieves both excellent driving performance and superior environmental performance.  The new engine, in combination with Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent (Super CVT-i) transmission, gives the Wish a maximum of 15%-better fuel efficiency than the previous model and more exhilarating driving performance.  Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control (S-VSC) and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) side and curtain-shield airbags—standard on all vehicles in the series—give the new Wish class-leading levels1 of safety performance.

Powertrain delivers excellent environmental performance and exhilarating ride
Both the 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter engines are fitted with “Valvematic”, which is a continuously variable valve-lift mechanism that controls intake valve-lift volume and valve timing.  The mechanism produces optimum power at all speed ranges and provides advanced environmental performance, while engine and Super CVT-i control tuning emphasizes high response, exhilarating acceleration and increased fuel economy.  Consequentially, the 1.8-liter front-wheel drive models achieve 16.0km/l in the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) 10-15 test cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 145g/km.  The 2.0-liter models achieve 15.2km/l in the MLIT 10-15 test cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 153g/km.

The 1.8-liter, front-wheel drive models have a fuel efficiency that exceeds the level stipulated in the Japanese 2010 standards2 by 20% and the 2.0-liter models exceed the same by 15%.  All vehicles in the series achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.

Seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission—standard on all vehicles in the series—allows the driver to enjoy manual-transmission-like operation, while the adoption of CVT Sport Mode and Dynamic Sport Mode also contribute to exciting driving.  Paddle gear shift in 1.8S and 2.0Z models allows driver to shift up and down gears on steering wheel, giving F1-like, dynamic and responsive gearshift operations. CVT Sport Mode (1.8S model) increases responsiveness of acceleration and deceleration. Dynamic Sport Mode (2.0Z model) increases responsiveness of acceleration and deceleration, and is designed for sporty driving during cornering through use of traction control systems and electric power steering. Selecting Eco Drive Mode optimizes alignment of driving force with accelerator operation and realizes energy saving in the air conditioning system, contributing to increased fuel efficiency.

An Eco Driving Indicator that lights up to signify fuel-efficient vehicle operation and an Eco Zone Indicator that shows throttle use aim to raise driver awareness toward environmentally friendly driving and are standard on all models.

TMC employed its Eco-Vehicle Assessment System (Eco-VAS)—an original, comprehensive, environmental impact assessment system—when redesigning the vehicle series.  Eco-VAS includes setting targets at the start of vehicle development to help reduce environmentally harmful factors by such means as the balanced reduction of CO2 emissions. Life-cycle assessment was carried out to achieve reduction in air contaminants and CO2 from vehicle throughout its lifecycle. Review of materials, processing methods and adhesives used for interior parts reduced volatile organic compounds and sometimes unpleasant interior odors to levels compliant with voluntary industry standards.

Increased sportiness with elegant styling
Based on TMC’s “Vibrant Clarity” vehicle design philosophy, the dynamic feel of the stylish exterior strikes a harmonious balance between sportiness and roominess. Solid front bumper and sharp headlights create emphatic front mask. Front pillars (shifted 80mm forward) and blacked-out center pillars contribute to spacious cabin. Door profile with sculpted surfaces and flowing character lines from front to rear create imposing side view Sharp and deeply sculpted surfaces of bumper corners, hood and front lights convey vitality. Deeply sculpted trapezoidal shape of lower section of front and rear bumpers gives them lateral extension, emphasizing vehicle’s low center of gravity. Side mudguard design inspires image of dynamic cruising. Rear combination taillights with horizontal emphasis reinforce vehicle’s sporty image. Newly developed “Grayish Teal Metallic”—one of eight available body colors—expresses an air of sleekness and slickness.

The horizontally elongated instrument panel, designed to invoke the image of plane wings, and the selection of a bright gray-beige as the interior color create a high-tech, quality feel. Low-set, two-tiered instrument panel with meter hood projecting upward from main display, combined with horizontal emphasis of air-conditioner vents, impart high-tech, expansive feel. Speedometer and tachometer decorated with metallic rings emphasizes vehicle’s sporty character. Titanium-tone finish on sides of center console (silver-tone finish on 1.8-liter vehicles), black lacquer-tone finish on shifter bezel and colored stitching on seats and steering wheel accents interior’s high quality
Optimization of front-seat structure’s ergonomics gives improved comfort, while slimmer seatback increases legroom in rear. Maximum width of luggage space (increased by 95mm) and class-leading levels of luggage capacity with all seat arrangements provide new levels of convenience.

Text and Pictures : Toyota