IIMS 2016: Toyota Sienta MPV launched – RM69k-88k

IIMS Toyota Sienta 5

Halo! We’re at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran to bring you live coverage of the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) – the biggest news is that the Toyota Sienta MPV has just been revealed for the Indonesian market, with the order books now open. Prices range between Rp 230 million (RM68,600) and Rp 295 million (RM88,000), slotting between the Avanza and the Innova.

Built at PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s new Factory II in Karawang, West Java, it will be exported to ASEAN markets, which means it could be sold in Malaysia sooner rather than later. Measuring 4,235 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,700 mm tall, it’s about the same size as the Perodua Alza, being just 5 mm longer and 80 mm taller. Against its rival, the Honda Freed, it’s 20 mm longer but 15 mm lower.

It’s great to see that the wacky Japanese styling hasn’t been toned down for the region. You still get the swept back headlights that are connected to the large downturned grille via J-shaped bumper garnishes, which run downwards, encircling the fog lights.


Down the side, the wraparound glasshouse droops slightly to meet the shutline of the rear sliding door, while a protruding crease along the bodyside and a contrasting side garnish help break up the otherwise slab-sided design. The LED tail lights are connected via a U-shaped bumper garnish design that mirrors the front.

It’s much the same story inside as well, with large swooping shapes. The dashboard features a dual-tier design – the upper layer incorporates the air vents, 2-DIN head unit and a high-mounted instrument panel (à la Peugeot 208). The seats feature a different design from the Japanese models, however, while the centre console different air-conditioning controls, a floor-mounted gearlever and added storage space.

The Indonesian Sienta range will consist of four variants, these being E,G, V and Q. All models get the new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the facelifted Avanza, producing 107 PS and 143 Nm. This differs from the JDM models, which get a choice of either a 109 hp/136 Nm 2NR-FKE 1.5 litre VVT-iE Atkinson-cycle engine, as well as a hybrid variant with a 74 hp/111 Nm 1NZ-FXE 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle mill.


Drive is sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed stepped-ratio mode. The base E model is only available with the manual, while the top-spec Q is fitted exclusively with a CVT. The 170 mm ground clearance on Indonesian models is 25 mm higher than on the JDM cars, presumably to cope with the rougher roads.

As standard, the Sienta comes with halogen projector headlights, 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, manual sliding doors, manual air conditioning, a double-DIN head unit with USB connectivity, AUX-in and CD/MP3 playback, as well as a black interior colour scheme.

Moving up, the G adds fog lights, alloy wheels, an electric left (curb-side) sliding door, parking sensors, an immobiliser and a 5.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Miracast and Air Gesture functionality.

Next on the list is the V variant, which is fitted with 16-inch wheels, a digital air-conditioning system with a separate rear blower (the latter isn’t offered in Japan), keyless entry, push-button start, dual electric sliding doors and a choice of either a white-and-black or black-and-brown interior scheme. The most expensive Q variant tacks on self-levelling bi-LED headlights and a 4.2-inch TFT LCD multi-info display.

Safety-wise, three airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), all-round disc brakes and ABS with EBD and brake assist are standard fit across the range. Unlike JDM models, Indonesian variants lose out on standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) – they’re only fitted on the top Q model.

Also missing on Indonesian-spec models are the optional side and curtain airbags, as well as the optional Safety Sense C driver assist suite that adds Pre-Collision System (PCS) braking, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

Toyota Sienta spec V

Toyota Sienta spec Q

Toyota Sienta spec G

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • tokmoh. on Apr 07, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Should be rebadged as Alza mk2 here.

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    • hailthepurist on Apr 07, 2016 at 1:04 pm


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      • tokmoh. on Apr 07, 2016 at 2:39 pm

        Am I wrong?

        Alza is Perodua’s oldest model now. This car is closest to being its replacement model, since the car its based on, Passo Sette/Boon Luminas, already discontinued.

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        • Same L0rrrr on Apr 07, 2016 at 7:18 pm

          Got a few calls today asking to make bookings already…

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          • Remember to book a spot in nirvana for them. Dun be like ur last sales, later have to send them away to sea.

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    • karam singh on Apr 07, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      It’s quite small actually. Only 2cm longer than Honda freed.

      But 6 speed manual? Toyota is beginning to show its true colours in ASEAN countries now. Well done.

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  • kzm (Member) on Apr 07, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Toyota ASEAN sure is double standard..other region got better spec n ASEAN get less especially safety aspect.

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    • Becoz 300k was fooled by them. So if another 300k pipu can continue to be conned, why wud they spend extra money to add safety features?

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  • Correction, the Q variant has VSC and HAC alongside 3 airbags, ISOFIX, and ABS+EBD+BA.

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    • Jonathan Lee (Member) on Apr 07, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Ah, my mistake. The article has now been amended with full and correct specifications and equipment. Thanks for the spot!

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  • Sewel on Apr 07, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Masuk malaysia kompom under spec dari indonesia

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  • bomoh on Apr 07, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Toyota brand but Perodua quality…

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  • thomas on Apr 07, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    JDM specifications are still far better than the Indonesia. Sienta JDM has 6 airbags

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  • Mahacheebye on Apr 07, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    From RM55k in Indon but when arrived in CB Proton land becomes starting RM120k. Thanks to Proton 32 million Malaysians have to pay extra extra to drive better cars.

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    • From nippon with esc, tc, cvt, 6 airbags. Come here, thanks to 300k pipu die-die must buy moving coffins, toyota take ASEAN pipu as fools and remove them. Thai price only 10k less, but their pipu is smarter. When toyota still gip moving coffins, they all switch to Honda, which almost killed toyota. So toyota quickly quickly put back all the esc, tc, cvt, 6 airbags.
      MY pipu still continue to prefer ego over lives.

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  • Nissan on Apr 07, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Why all Toyota design are so fugly?

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  • farghmee on Apr 07, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    -2nd row blower

    -white colored inside bottom panels,
    -push-start button integration

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  • Dfrans on Apr 07, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Sayangnya tuas perseneling tidak nempel dahboard seperti yang di Japan.

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    • farghmee on Apr 08, 2016 at 9:27 am

      U r rite. The gear lever for indon ver is at the floor, the jdm is at the dash.
      Why the change eh?

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      • kelvin on Apr 08, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        Because Toyota is releasing a manual version in Indonesia, and since manuals can’t be integrated in dash, might as well put the auto shifter next to the driver

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        • Putra on Apr 09, 2016 at 2:54 pm

          Sienta should follow ALZA, where the auto on the Dash, and the Manual on the floor (2 style interior). means……more money in produciton cost Loooooooo…..

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  • Ahmad Afiq on Apr 07, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Decent looking vehicle. If comes with VSC should make it a good competitor in the MPV market

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    • E1234 on Apr 07, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Agree, UMW should be including such specs as standard by now. Lets wait and see.

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  • CK Tan on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Great car! Very suitable for ladies and family man. I think will not affect Alza sales but will give Nissan Grand Livina a tough challenge.

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  • Lazarus Prince on Nov 30, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Very Informative thus far, but can i get some info on the eletrical charging up of the battery operation?

    Thanking You Very Much In Advance.

    Your Respectful
    Lazarus Prince.

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