In 2004, Toyota introduced hatchback in subcompact category naming it Toyota Passo, The Passo was manufactured along with Daihatsu Boon, and both the cars were same, other than badge difference. This type of production usually takes place via joint ventures by two or more auto manufacturers making the same car then selling under different badges. In case of budget cars it is done to cut research and production cost, however in Toyota-Daihatsu case, Toyota owns Daihatsu hence mutual ventures take place all the times with Daihatsu division focusing on such vehicles.
Generations of Toyota Passo:
First Generation (known as M300) of Toyota Passo was introduced as a 5-door subcompact hatchback car in 2004. It was powered with 1.0L and 1.3L petrol engine; the 1.0L came with two options, a turbo all-wheel drive version and a simple front-wheel drive and the first generation of it lasted from 2004-2010.
Second Generation (known as M600) came with 1.0L 1KR-FE I3engine & 1.3L with 4-speed automatic and 5–speed manual transmission, 2nd Generation came in 2010 with a bigger engine for better performance thus covering the 1.3L category.
The Third Generation Passo ((known as M700) was debuted in 2016, Passo X received major upgrades in this model that continue along with the interior, exterior and other components. It was unveiled on 12 April 2016; the M700 was a better engineered car with more to offer, it comes with newer technological collision avoidance system (known as smart assist lll) which enables the car to have more access on outside road with processing pedestrian information, other vehicles approaching from adjacent lanes, vehicles behind your car as well as upcoming vehicles. This alerts the driver in-time as well as adjusts the headlights automatically from high-beam to low-beam in case of approaching car from front Hence ensuring better safety on road. The new Passo also offers more rigid body as compared to its predecessors; the versions with front-wheel drive have stabilizers for reducing the body roll while the suspension is also upgraded in third generation. The X-version of Passo is an entry level version with it being cheaper as compared to Moda version however there are few changes in its body styling and other interior options that hold the two differences. The third generation Passo continues from 2016 to present day.
Physical Dimensions and Interior Quality of Passo:
When it comes to physical dimensions, it has a wheelbase of 2,490mm whereas the length, width and height measures to 3650mm, 1665 mm, 1525 mm respectively. It has a curb-weight of 910kg-960 kg. Moving onto Engine and transmission, Passo X comes with 1.0L KR-FE engine same as the second generation with improvements however the transmission in this car comes as CVT. This ensures effortless shifting between gears thus provides better acceleration, smooth gear changes and better fuel economy. In simple words it hinders the rpm from rising to higher peaks thus varying the gear changes in smooth patterns. Since the Passo is based on European car styling too for the market in Europe, it has wide body as compared to other cars in the category. Passo also hold the title of being more spacious as compared to its competitors since the first and second generation therefore the interior is also carefully crafted with luxury touches to car of this affordable range. The gear is mounted just below the entertainment panel; this type of gear has been common in these cars instead of gear mounted in traditional position. Steering is sportier with several on-steering buttons for various functions. The closed Ac-vents on driver as well as passenger side are shaped like an eye with closed lids; it matches with body styling and headlamps, tail lights of Passo. Both front doors have pockets on the inside. The ignition button is placed just along the steering wheel with other options such as eco mode, smart assist and traction assist. Other car atmosphere controlling buttons such as AC/Heater are placed just along the gear level. When it comes to seating, Passo has sofa-style seating with seats made out of dual toned fabric in X-model.
Best Fuel Economical car:
Passo holds the title of most fuel efficient car driven on petrol, It has an astonishing mileage of 28.0km/l. Higher than its competitors even though it is powered by a 1.0L engine instead of other Small Japanese cars that come with 660cc engine. Therefore not only Passo has more to offer in terms of economy but also offers more spacious seating, better drive and features leaving other cars in its category far behind. Passo leads 1.0L subcompact category due to such features.