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We’ve seen the 2016 Toyota Sienta in Malaysia before, but outside the hustle and bustle of a motor show stand and in better lighting, the quirky MPV’s ongoing appearance at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA gives us an even better look at the upcoming seven-seater.

Pricing has already been revealed since last month – the base 1.5G variant is priced at RM92,900, while the range-topping 1.5V retails at RM99,900. Both prices are on-the-road with insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Destined to sit above the Avanza in UMW Toyota’s lineup, the Indonesian-built Sienta – seen here in 1.5V guise – is a very curious-looking car indeed, perhaps belying its nature as a very Japanese-oriented MPV (the previous-generation model was sold only in Japan).

The 1.5V model comes with all the bells and whistles, including bi-LED headlights with LED positioning lights, 16-inch machine-finish alloy wheels and light guides for the tail lights. The base 1.5G makes do with halogen headlights, 15-inch rollers and plain LED tail lights. Both models get LED daytime running lights.

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Inside, the Sienta again breaks away from the norm, with a dual-tier dashboard featuring a Peugeot 208-esque high-mounted instrument cluster. The centre console with unique air-con controls, floor-mounted gearlever and added storage space is different from the JDM model, as is a rear air-con blower – but the novel way in which the third-row seats fold under the one-touch tumble second-row seats has been retained.

Again, it’s the 1.5V that is better equipped, with features such as an acoustic windscreen, keyless entry, push-button start, Optitron gauges, a Camry-style colour multi-info display, automatic air-con, a 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice control and a reverse camera.

Also fitted is brown fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, twin electric sliding doors, premium security and solar tinting and the digital video recorder (dash cam) first seen on the new Hilux and Fortuner. The 1.5G gets none of these features – a 2-DIN Bluetooth-enabled radio is fitted instead, its seats are black and and only its left (passenger) sliding door is power-operated.

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The good news is that safety equipment is identical on both models – you get three airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and ISOFIX child seat anchors on the outer second-row seats, no matter which variant you punt for.

Options include a RM2,109 DVD-AVX touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera for the 1.5G, a RM3,169 DVD-AVN navigation system and a RM2,014 upgrade to the DVD-AVN system for 1.5V buyers. Customers of the 1.5G can also opt for either RM1,166 Toyota Essential Solar Film or the RM2,109 Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film – as mentioned, the latter is standard on the 1.5V.

Both models are powered by Toyota’s new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-pot engine producing 107 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a seven-speed stepped ratio mode sends drive to the front wheels.