2017 Erin Visto (Mk 5)
Erin's back in the supermini game. Rivals, watch out
If this car were a song, it'd be Khmlwugh by Homeshake
What began 24 years ago as a quirky, smaller companion to Merna has now become one Erin's most popular vehicles, though its new iteration has been long overdue. At last, the Mk 5 is now here, and it's better than ever before.
For the first time ever, Erin has brought its aluminum body construction technique to its supermini, whilst maintaining affordability and greatly improving various factors such as efficiency and driving feel. Innovation is also found in its suicide-door(ed) 5 Door variant and sleek 3 door Coupe variant, designed independently of one another to create a bit of uniqueness in this otherwise rather formulaic sector of the market.
The Visto is all about combining great styling, excellent stats and clever innovation into semi-premium package.
Since the late 1990s, Erin has been pioneering the use of aluminium on its cars, more specifically the use of aluminium on its cheaper vehicles. We brought it to the Mk 8 Merna in 2014, and now it's finally here on the Mk 5 Visto.
Thanks to the weight saving, the new Visto has greatly improved efficiency and handling over previous models, yet is still very safe thanks to clever reinforced chassis construction that also ensures the car is still rigid too.
Visto Vox Coupe in Performance Orange
Why make such a fuss over body styles? It's not like any other company does the same thing.
Well, it's because, for the first time with the Visto, we've split the design process for the Coupe and 5 Door variants of the car, in much the same way we split the Sedan and Coupe versions up when designing new versions of the Tauga.
It allows for us to essentially create two different vehicles of the same car - the Coupe version, for those looking for a sleek, stylish supermini, and the 5 Door, for those want that extra practicality thanks to the rear suicide doors.
Above: Visto Vox Coupe in Performance Orange // Below: Visto S 5 Door in Muted Olive Green
The latest Pureon engines are found in the Visto range, combining good performance and great usability with excellent efficiency and low running costs.
For 2017 model years, the Visto can be optioned with:
*The 1.2l TDi is a variant of the Pureon Low-End i4 Range, which also encompasses the 1.4l Di
Pureon 1.2l TDi TwinC engine
- A 1.0l TDi i4, the same as the one found in the Bino
- A new* 1.2l TDi i4, exclusively designed for the Visto
- The very successful 1.4l Di i4 from the Erin Merna, the most sold engine made by Erin since 2015.
TapTouch™ is finally here on the Visto, bringing a custom designed, Android powered infotainment system into the car. It works alongside your smartphone and is all controlled via a gorgeous 8" touchscreen display, and even comes with Gecko™ voice control.
It's not just tech that makes the interior clever either: fold flat seats rear seats create a massive, seamless carrying space; cup holders for all seats come as standard; storage spaces all around the interior that are cleverly suited to your needs, such as a sunglasses holder or a space for a map; dual-zone climate control and heated seats as standard on the Vox trim; and, perhaps the most important feature of all, a rear windscreen that isn't the size of a letterbox, which actually means you can see out of the back.
Top down view of Visto 5 Door variant showing suicide door
To celebrate the launch of the new Visto, Centro Stile Betta
were contracted to produce a special, limited production version of the car. The glitzy, fine detailing synonymous of work from the CSB meets Erin's distinctive 2nd Gen 2010s design style in brilliant fashion on this car with styling that perfectly suits the mix of angular and curved lines found on the Visto.
Powered by a 158 hp turbocharged i4 from Betta cars, the CSB Edition is not just incredible to behold, but also incredible to drive. It really makes the most of the lightweight body and certainly compliments the sporty looks of the car.
The Visto CSB Edition will be made to order with custom interior and colour options, limited to a production run of 3500 examples.
Stats, Trims and Prices
Prices are in Pounds/£ but are the same as AMU/$, because British
Pureon 1.0l TDi Eco - 1004cc SOHC 16v i4 Turbo Direct Injection VVT/L
87hp @ 7100rpm, 85 ft-lb @ 4600rpm, Reliability: 73.3, Smoothness: 66.4
Pureon 1.2l TDi - 1201cc DOHC 16v i4 Turbo Direct Injection VVT/L
95hp @ 6600rpm, 100 ft-lb @ 2400rpm, Reliability: 80.1, Smoothness: 69.7
Pureon 1.4l Di - 1403cc DOHC 16v i4 N/A Direct Injection VVT/L
118hp @ 7700rpm, 105 ft-lb @ 4400rpm, Reliability: 77.9, Smoothness: 67.6
The Visto Mk5 goes on sale at the end of March 2017.
A hot-hatch X Tuned version is expected sometime this year.
So there we have it! Erin's back in the supermini game. Comments, thoughts, critiques and criticisms are all most welcome and encouraged.
Big thanks to @TheMiltos21 and the team at Centro Stile Betta for desinging the stunning CSB Special edition, I'd thoroughly recommend them to anyone wanting a concept or entire car that just oozes boldness and flair.
Erin can also announce that a special one-make racing series called the ErinSport Visto Cup is on its way, details of which will be announce closer to the time.