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This is interesting – an ad for the Toyota Sienta MPV from a Toyota dealer has appeared on Mudah.my, all but confirming that the wacky Japanese curio is coming to Malaysia after all. The copy lists a price of RM89,880, with the seller mentioning that the people carrier will be available starting in August.

Malaysian-market Sientas will likely come from Indonesia, where it will reportedly go on sale sometime in April. Initial production at PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s new Factory II in Karawang, West Java is expected to amount to around 25,000 units, with 80% for the domestic market and the rest for export. The facility will be the second production hub for the MPV after Japan.

Cars built in Indonesia will reportedly feature slight differences compared to Japanese models. For one, Indonesian-built models will come with either manual or power-sliding doors (the latter are standard on all but the base V package model in Japan).

Also to be included are double blowers (not available in Japan) to beat the tropical heat, as well as a different seat design. This would be par for the course for Toyota’s Indonesian outpost, as the Indonesian-built Toyota Rush (as sold here) and Daihatsu Terios also feature a few differences over the Japanese versions, including a longer wheelbase and a seven-seat option.

It was previously reported that the Sienta will come with a 1NZ-FE 1.5 litre VVT-i engine from the Vios, making 109 PS and 141 Nm. However, given that the facelifted Avanza has already moved to the new, more fuel efficient 104 hp/139 Nm 2NR-FE mill with Dual VVT-i, it is possible that the Sienta will follow suit.

This would differ from the Japanese models, which come with either a 109 PS/136 Nm 1.5 litre 2NR-FXE Atkinson-cycle engine with electrically-actuated VVT-iE on 2WD variants, a 103 PS/132 Nm 1NZ-FE on 4WD models or a 74 PS/111 Nm 1.5 litre 1NZ-FKE mated to an electric motor on the Sienta Hybrid. The petrol engines are paired to a Super CVT-i transmission, while the hybrid powertrain is coupled to an eCVT.

When it goes on sale, the Sienta is expected to slot between the Avanza and Innova in the local Toyota range. So, how do you think the unconventionally-styled Sienta will fare here?