UMW Toyota has just unveiled their all new Toyota Avanza sporting a more advanced and dynamic look that shouts ‘sportier’ about itself.
This second generation seven seater MPV can now provide for better comfort and convenience, manoeuvrability and performance that’s having UMW claiming higher levels of safety, quality and durability to make it the best valued and reliable 7-seater MPV.
The event was launched by Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, at UMW Toyota Motor Subang Jaya Branch. Also present were Mr Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor; Encik Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd and Mr. Kaoru Hosokawa, Chief Engineer, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan.
During the launch, Encik Ismet Suki said, “The first generation Toyota Avanza was launched in October 2004 and was an immediate hit among Malaysian Public. In fact, we’re proud to have made the Avanza a household name among Malaysians, which once became the best selling non-national vehicle model for three consecutive years from 2005 till 2007. Till the end of 2011, a total of 140,000 units of the Toyota Avanza have been sold.”
Encik Ismet Suki goes on further to indicate that they’ve gone through much of their customer’s feedback and that the current Avanza has been facelifted based on it in order to fulfil their company’s theme of “One Team, Customer First” edict, setting higher priorities on the attention towards the needs of customers.
The significant changes are predominantly on the optics where you’d notice a wider and dynamic styling front end with an almost three dimensional appearance that’s centred on the bonnet where you may notice the Altis’ front grill having been grafted there.
The front windscreen has also be raked lower for better aerodynamic performance as well adding to the new Avanza’s sportier outlook that possesses a more profound muscularity from it’s body panels, which in totality helps to make it seem sleeker and longer from a side profile. All this has helped the Avanza achieve a 0.36 drag coefficient value.
The new Avanza may seem to have gone through a mere makeover on both its external and internal components, but Toyota is that this make-over isn’t n just skin deep. Toyota has now utilized a higher grade of high-tensile steel which has helped in reducing its kerb weight by as much as 20kg on the Avanza 1.3E MT and 15kg on the Avanza 1.5S AT.
The interior’s plastics have become a little more darker in order to accentuate spaciousness and the change in the texture of the plastics does make it feel a little more solid than before, impressing upon us a sense of higher quality on materials used. Even the dash board has also been lowered to impress upon the front occupants for a more open feel.
The new Avanza’s 4-cylinder 1.5L engine (3SZ-VE) churns out 103bhp at 6,000rpm with 136Nm of torque at 4,400rpm and comes mated the usual 4-speed auto ‘slush-box’. All this get transmitted to a set of 15″ alloy rims that don a set of 185/65 Bridgestone B250 tyres.
However, the 1.3L variant for the Avanza 1.3E utilizes the K3-VE engine that pumps out 67bhp at 6,000rpm and 117Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, which gets transmitted to a set of 14″ rims wearing a set of 185/70 tyres, which we assume will be from Bridgestone as well, via a 5-speed manual transmission.
Currently, there are four colours to choose from:
- Silver Mica Metallic
- Dark Steel Mica
- Maroon Mica (Not available on Avanza 1.5S)
There’s even more recommended goodies from Toyota that can be found:
- Reverse sensors
- Body stripes,
- Luggage tray
- Bag hook
- Emergency kit
- Scuff plates on door sills.
- Toyota Avanza 1.5S Automatic – RM79,590 OTR
- Toyota Avanza 1.5G Automatic – RM77,290 OTR
- Toyota Avanza 1.5E Automatic – RM72,590 OTR
- Toyota Avanza 1.3E Manual – RM64,590 OTR
Even the aerokit found on the Avanza 1.5S can be included when ordering your choice of one of the other three variants and warranty is a standard 3-years or 100,000km (which ever comes first).