|UMW Toyota Motor has announced the updated Avanza Compact MPV, with a new powerplant and overall make-over inside and out. There are four versions to the Toyota Avanza, beginning with the base 1.3E manual, the 1.5E auto, 1.5G auto and 1.5S auto.|
Aside from the Proton Evoras and Perodua Alzas, the next most recognizable compact MPV on domestic roads is the Avanza, which now takes on a bolder outlook thanks to wider front overhang (50mm) and similar styling motifs inherited from the Vios and Altis. There are new headlights with eye liners, foglights for the G- and S-grade Avanzas, and the top-flight S Grade Avanza even carries a sportier front grille and bumper. If that’s not enough, there’s an applicable optional aerokit available for any of the Avanzas. The aerokit comprises a front bumper spoiler with integrated DRLs, side skirts and rear bumper spoiler. Alloy wheels are standard in 15-inchers, except for the base Avanza and the 1.5E Avanza (14-inch).
Inside, the Avanza gets much improved NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), thanks to better insulation, sound-dampening materials, propeller shaft and differential. As with previous Avanza generations, spaciousness with comfortable room for seven persons has been one of the strong traits for this domesticated compact MPV. The previous two-tone theme has been changed to a new black-based interior theme with contrasting silver ornamentation to give a subdue ambience. The modern embossed texture for the seat upholstery enhances the image of quality comparable to that of a passenger car. Additionally, the fresh dashboard design has more silver ornamentation to give it a more contemporary appearance while the meter panel takes up detailed graphics with white illumination.
Furthermore, the 1.5G and 1.5S Avanzas have Multi Information Display on the right hand side of the meter cluster for vehicle data acquisition purposes. Pertinent interior highlights for the Avanza range include CD player or optional DVD-AVX or DVD-AVN audio systems wih touchscreen and reverse camera, depending on grade. Obvioulsy, being a spacious and cozy transporter the Avanza houses a large boot space, plenty of small storage compartments all around, and dual blower a/c at the front and independent rear a/c blower.
New for the Avanza is the Dual VVT-i engine, which improves output and optimizes fuel efficiency. Dual VVT-i engine is available across the line-up, with output for the 1.5 Avanza hitting up to about 105 PS and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The 1.3 Avanza is rated 97 ps, with torque up to as much as 121 Nm. Besides numerous measures in the design of the new engine, the optimization of reduced oil pressure in the transmissions as well as use of electronic throttle control have improved fuel consumption from a range of 5 to 15% (depending on road, traffic, driving conditions and driving style). Additionally, if the driver wants to maximize fuel economy, there is an Eco Drive Indicator which creates better awareness of fuel-efficient driving.
A strong point of the Avanza’s steering system is its class-leading minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters. This makes it easier to park as well as being more maneuverable on narrow or congested roads. To provide ride quality and handling comparable to a passenger car, the Avanza has been gifted independent MacPherson front suspension and a 5-link coil spring rear suspension. Brakes comprise of front ventilated discs and possibly solid discs for the rears.
A whole list of safety features for Avanza line-up consist of Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), immobilizer, dual airbags, ISOFIX, and a portable tyre pump is included for good measures.
The refreshed Toyota Avanza come in four body hues: White, Silver Mica Metallic, Black Metallic and Dark Red Mica Metallic. The price range for the Avanza runs from RM 69,072 to 80,810, which include 3-year warranty and the optional Solar window film or Security film.