Toyota Sienta

Here’s a surprise – UMW Toyota is previewing the Toyota Sienta MPV at the My Auto Fest 2016 today. Fresh from its ASEAN debut at the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) last month, the seven-seat people carrier slots above the Avanza, but below the Innova in ASEAN markets.

The car seen here appears to be a Malaysian-spec model. The equipment on the display car is close to the top-spec Q variant sold in Indonesia, but here it sports the V badge instead. Additionally, the car is also fitted with the 7.0-inch touchscreen DVD-AVN navigation system sold here as an option, and lacks the bodykit found on the Indonesian model.

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Fitted here are bi-LED projector headlights, fog lights, LED combination tail lights and 16-inch two-tone machine-finish alloy wheels. Inside, there’s a black-and-brown interior colour scheme, keyless entry, push-button start, dual electric sliding rear doors, a 4.2-inch TFT LCD multi-info display, automatic air-conditioning with a separate rear blower and a rear in-car entertainment monitor.

Safety-wise, three airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), all-round disc brakes, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) are fitted here. It is not known whether these features are standard on all models sold here, or are only fitted to this top-spec model.

Powering the Sienta is the new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the facelifted Avanza – in Indonesian form it produces 107 PS and 143 Nm, up from 105 PS and 136 Nm on our Avanza. Drive is sent to the front wheels through continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Sienta is built at PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s new Factory II in Karawang, West Java, both for the domestic Indonesian market as well as for ASEAN export. So, what do you think?