Toyota has announced the new facelifted Toyota Avanza which was already available in Indonesia since July, and with the new look comes a new engine option in the Toyota Avanza 1.5G.
The new engine is not to be confused with the 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE found in the Toyota Vios and the Toyota Yaris, but instead it is one from the Daihatsu stable, the newly developed 3SZ-VE “Topaz” engine, which makes 107hp at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.
The new Toyota Avanza 1.5G will be available in 4-speed automatic transmission only. Prices and more details will be available when the Toyota Avanza is launched officially by UMW Toyota on Friday. The Toyota Avanza currently makes up 40% of Toyota sales here in Malaysia, which translates to about 16,800 units for the first six months this year. Thats 2,800 Toyota Avanza 7-seater MPVs a month, which is amazing for a Japanese make considering last I heard, the Waja sells between 2,500-3,000 a month.
UPDATE – New Toyota Avanza Prices: The Toyota Avanza 1.3E will sell for RM62,309 and RM57,813 for the automatic and manual transmission versions respectively, while the new Toyota Avanza 1.5G with automatic transmission’s price is set at RM74,600. All prices are for Individual Private registrations in Peninsular Malaysia.