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UMW Toyota Motor today introduced the much anticipated Toyota SIenta for the domestic market. The new Toyota Sienta is a compact MPV that is especially positioned towards urban families in the city and suburbs. The newest compact MPV is also Toyota’s first 7-seater passenger car and multi-purpose vehicle, with core attributes relating to functionality and space.

The new Toyota Sienta is offered in two variants; Sienta 1.5V and Sienta 1.5G. It comes with 6 color choices and is imported from Indonesia; where the Sienta first debut in the South Asian region.

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Design-wise, the new Toyota Sienta has a very different appearance from other Toyota models. Its youthful image and styling was inspired by trekking shoes which express functionality and a dynamic character. The design also accentuates the vehicle’s 3-dimensional form with garnish based on a shoe’s protector.

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Being an MPV, interior packaging is prepped with a cabin that offers maximized versatility and functionality. With the possibility of having up to 7 persons in the cabin, there’s need to include ample small storage spaces. Understanding this need, Toyota has provided no less than 14 small storage compartments around the cabin. Further to that, the three rows of seats which can accommodate up to 7 persons can be arranged in various layouts to suit different requirements. Folding of the seats is easily done and the flat floor space optimizes cargo capacity.

Instead of conventional hinged doors, the new Toyota Sienta has sliding doors on both sides. Such doors not only make getting in and out easier in tight parking spaces but also provide larger openings. For convenience, both variants have power sliding doors (left side only for Sienta 1.5G) which can be opened and closed using the door handles, pressing a button on the key fob, or a switch on the dashboard. Furthermore, the Sienta 1.5V is also equipped with the Smart Entry & Start system where starting and stopping of the engine can be done with just the press of a button.

Under the sloping bonnet is a new 1.5-liter petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) which provides continuous adjustment of the opening and closing of the valves on both intake and exhaust sides. The adjustment is changed electronically according to driving conditions so optimum output is always available while improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

The maximum output on the new Toyota Sienta is 107 ps at 6,000 rpm and torque rating is 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The engine is paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with a torque converter, which offers efficiency and smooth transitions. The driver can also select from 7 gear positions using the Sport Sequential Shift-matic mode.

Safety has always been a top priority for Toyota, even more so today. There are two frontal SRS airbags and also a third airbag under the steering column for the protection of the driver’s knees. The new Toyota Sienta also comes with two Active Safety systems: Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hillstart-Assist Control (HAC).

Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor, said, “The new Toyota Sienta has been developed for urban families who seek premium value and also want a trendy car with a unique design rather than a plain ‘people-carrier’. The appearance of the model is indeed something quite different from the usual MPV.”

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The new Toyota Sienta 1.5 G retails at RM93,393 and 1.5V is priced at RM103,303; inclusive of insurance and 5-year warranty. The six colors available are: Orange Metallic, Super White II, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, and Quartz Brown Metallic.

For gallery link of the new Toyota Sienta