The Toyota Estima is finally here in Malaysia through official channels, as this price list available at UMW Toyota showrooms reveal a RM270,000 price tag including insurance, with a three-year warranty.
Although the MPV hasn’t been officially launched yet, the price list is effective October 25, 2013 and the word ‘estimated’ is missing, unlike the Corolla Altis price list we saw earlier.
UPDATE: The Toyota Previa has been officially launched – click here for launch report and gallery.
UMW Toyota has chosen to use the name Toyota Previa here in Malaysia, presumably to distance themselves from the Estimas that the grey importers are selling. While Estima is the Japanese name, Previa is the name used in markets like Hong Kong. The MPV is also known as the Tarago in Australia.
Only the 2.4 litre engine is on offer, which means the 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE motor from the last generation Camry producing 170 PS and 224 Nm of torque. Although the 2.4 is usually mated to a Super CVT-i transmission with seven virtual gears, a UMW Toyota source says the Malaysian market car will instead come with a 4-speed auto. The ACR50 Previa is listed as being a seven-seater, which means we’re getting the version with a 2-2-3 seat configuration, with captain seats in the second row. The seats are listed as fabric.
Other specs include dual power sliding doors, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (swiveling headlamps that follow your steering direction), and a 2-DIN CD/MP3 head unit with six speakers. I’m curious about the lack of S-VSC stability control being mentioned, and only two airbags being listed – most of the other markets have seven airbags (the usual six plus a driver kneebag) and S-VSC stability control.
Six colours are available – White Pearl CS (a RM800 premium), Super White II, Silver Metallic, Black, Ice Titanium Mica Metallic and Silky Gold Mica Metallic.
Mazda is the only Japanese brand offering a car in this segment now – the Mazda 8 2.3 priced at just under RM200k. This particular MPV segment, which was ignored by the official Japanese distributors for a long time, seems to be hot all of a sudden, with Honda Malaysia making plans to bring in the new Honda Odyssey soon as well. And of course on the Euro side we have the VW Sharan and the smaller Ford S-Max.