Toyota’s new Avanza

Smarter and more advantageous over competitors

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D1---Avanza120150908Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) last week, launched the new-generation Avanza at the Capitol Commons in Pasig City, promising to be the smarter choice against its competitors in the segment.

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TMP president Michinobu Sugata said in a statement that the new-generation Avanza strikes a balance between balance and comfort with a new engine that has improved fuel efficiency and an enhanced level of suppressing noise, vibration and harshness.

“Our competitors include the Honda Mobilio and the Suzuki Ertiga. It’s made in Indonesia, but we assure you with the improvements from the previous generation and other features made standard, it will surely remain a class-leader,” Sugata said in an interview.

Featured in the event is the top of the line 1.5G, available both in 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission, powered by Toyota’s new 2NR-VE four cylinder engine with Toyota’s signature VVT-i (Intelligent Variable Valve Timing) technology churning out 103 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute with 136 Newton-meters of torque at 4,200 rpm. The said model is available with LCD touchscreen audio and satellite navigation as standard. The 1.3-liter models, the 1.3J and 1.3E, will be made available in late September, featuring Toyota’s new 1NR-VE 1.3-liter four cylinder engine with VVT-I, churning out 95 hp at 6,000 rpm with 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm..

A redesigned front fascia allows for a more modern, functional look that allows more airflow to the engine bay. Other changes to the exterior are subtle without changing the overall look, with an extended length of 50mm to allow more space. Also exclusive to the 1.5-liter variant are the new, sportier looking 15-inch alloy wheels that complement its more angular front end.

Highlighting the simple interior is a blend of grey and brown that gives drivers and passengers a more refined sense of comfort, with simple yet adjustable fabric covered seats to match. The dashboard is now given a sporty refinish, highlighted with a chronograph-style gauge with red highlights with an Eco-indicator which shows optimum fuel efficiency.

The 1.3-liter models were given more basic options for the interior, including a CD player with USB connectivity as standard, with the 1.3J not having a third row seat and wireless key lock compared to the 1.3E trim. All models come with a side-impact door beam, SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes, and a child restraint system.

The Avanza was introduced in the Philippines in 2006, and has sold over 50,000 units in its lifespan.

“We have sold 500 units of the previous generation a month. Hopefully we can make it to 700 a month,” Sugata said.

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