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Road Test: Toyota to rivals jealous of the Zelas

the Zelas was unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Show in December, it represented the salvo from Toyota squarely at the youth market of the East. It was shown beside the rear-drive concept sports which is planned to hit showrooms 2012.

But Hugh Dickerson, the general manager of sales and at Al-Futtaim Motors, said the filled a gap in the market for younger looking for a sporty vehicle performs well, looks and is in a price bracket they can

And when you think about it, right. There aren’t sporty coupes out there for the Gaga generation, those and cheerful cars that are fun but not too Maybe Toyota is on to something

The Zelas may be new to the region, but it’s not a new it’s based on the Scion tC is available in just about other major market in the And it’s not even really a per se: it’s actually a hatchback as a coupe.

The Zelas will be here in full body with aggressive front and fascia to dress up an otherwise almost humdrum shape. Oh, not bad looking, really; I like the haunches, and the blocky stance it look bigger than it is, but Toyota didn’t really any chances on the design.

The interior, for some leather armrests, is entirely hard, black with some aluminium-coloured accents thrown in for good But though the materials are cheap, definitely a driver-orientated layout and not boring, with various and patterns throughout.

The flat-bottomed steering wheel is thick and wrapped in leather, as are the seats; passengers in both the and back will find a amount of room. There is a mix of options in the Zelas, such as power windows, keyless and cruise control in this top though a sat/nav system and a are not available.

The kids will the eight-speaker, six-disc sound for blasting down the motorway. The isn’t the highest level, but is aiming this at the tuner which would almost swap in a top-notch, neon-burning monster into the dash. But who normally wouldn’t do so may consider it seeing as there was not a USB port to be in the entire car. For a sporty aimed at the younger generation, I believe Toyota would the fact that just everyone nowadays has their on an iPod or some other player. Heck, I’m not that young, and I was disappointed.

Toyota Zelas


And while the passengers will be for space, opening the rear reveals a shallow area for leaving the possibility of crushing oranges on a supermarket run. The seats fold down if you the extra space.

But driving the is where the fun really starts. the kind of car that makes you to find curvy, quick of road, like the ones of Dubai, and just open it up. full independent suspension, the and steering is tight, quick and predictable, yet it’s still enough for general cruising.

Adding to the fun is the engine: the 2.5L cylinder puts out 176hp, and it quick right from the go. It’s not a barnburner, mind but it’s more than for such a small car. the exhaust note is just to let you know you’re in a sporty car being intrusive or annoying.

The automatic works well you leave it in auto mode. It delay in kicking down a cog needed and the sport mode keep the revs higher for lively driving. You can also on your own, via either the shifter or the paddle shifters the wheel. But here’s where I a problem: bumping the paddles fourth to fifth and fifth to resulted in, well, nothing. The revs just kept until near redline, my flicking and flicking the upshift until finally it settled the higher gear. I tried it times, my knuckles white pressure, but it just didn’t to change gears. I finally gave up and left it in auto. a manual gearbox won’t be an in the UAE; shame, because would just make car more fun to drive.

Overall, I was pretty impressed the Zelas; keeping in mind its and market, there aren’t other cars out there offer so much as a package. I prefer to have a manual and I would absolutely insist on a USB (or a new stereo), but it’s a good to start for Toyota in luring the market into its showrooms.

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