Despite all the adversities happening in the world today, Japanese automaker Toyota is taking the time to continuously step up its game as it refreshes much of its model lineup. One of these set to join the club is its entry-level MPV, the Avanza.
The current Toyota Avanza
A post from Indra Frathan on Instagram shows what fans can expect for the upcoming possible exterior details of the all-new Toyota Avanza. The post stated that there are currently three to five units of the new model that are in the pre-production stages, suggesting that it should arrive soon, by November 2021 to be more specific.
The new Toyota Avanza on the Instagram post comes with a sleeker design with its new aggressive character lines and smaller window finish. At the rear, it bears new taillights that look smaller yet sharper, discontinuing the large layout in a vertical orientation on the current model.
Looking at previous reports, the new Toyota Avanza will abolish its current rear-wheel-drive layout and use a front-wheel-drive configuration instead. Also, the new model is said to be designed on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA). With the said updates, the Japanese carmaker can benefit from lower production costs and improve the efficiency of its entry-level MPV.
No engine specs have been announced so far. However, the new model is speculated to be powered by a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE gasoline engine, replacing the 1.3-liter gasoline mill solely available in the Indonesian-spec standard Avanza. Moreover, the engine is expected to use either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The new Avanza is expected to heat up the MPV market
If the reports are true, then Toyota Avanza fans in Indonesia are in for a treat as their market will be getting the new Avanza and limited numbers of the recently-unveiled Avanza Veloz GR Limited. The latter features refinements from the brand’s Gazoo Racing (GR) that make it one sporty-looking MPV.
And once the all-new Toyota Avanza is out in Indonesia, the Philippines and other neighboring countries are expected to follow. This will be a significant contender in the market for those looking for an efficient 7-seater vehicle at an affordable price.
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Know more about Toyota Avanza 2021
The Avanza was introduced by the world's second-biggest automotive brand Toyota in 2006. It’s a new entry-level multi-purpose vehicle offering from the Japanese carmaker. The PT Astra Daihatsu Motor of Indonesia developed the Avanza and marketed it as both a Daihatsu and Toyota in its home market. The conventional front engine-rear drive layout was retained similar to the Tamaraw. However, it's a bit different from its AUV ancestors in terms of size, weight, and body. The Avanza is lighter, smaller, and car-like unibody construction. The first-gen Avanza has a simple and contemporary style. The MPV we have today is the second-generation Avanza, which landed on our shore in early 2012. It received its initial refresh in 2015, wherein Toyota gave it a more upmarket appearance. It received its second facelift in 2019 when the Japanese carmaker decided to give it a sharper and sportier look. The second refresh features new wheels, new taillights, distinct split headlights, reshaped fascia, and a new grille. The interior of the Toyota Avanza also received a full makeover. It now features a more modern dashboard with added trim detailing and sharper lines. A touchscreen infotainment system was added on higher Avanza variants during the 2015 refresh. In the 2019 update, it got an updated infotainment system and new digital air-con controls. Toyota Motor Philippines offers the Avanza with two engine options. The first option is a 1.3L engine with an output of 95 hp and 121 Nm of torque. The other one is the 1.5L power plant that produces 103 hp and 136 Nm of torque. The new Dual VVT-I four-cylinder inline 16-valve DOHC engine can be paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.