The Toyota Calya has been spotted on Indonesian roads by a reader of local portal AutonetMagz, probably piling on the final miles in the test programme. The Calya and its twin Daihatsu Sigra are budget three-row MPVs that will make their debut at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

The Indonesian Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) Calya/Sigra duo will sit below the facelifted Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia to fight the Datsun GO+ Panca that has been sold in the republic since 2014.

The Calya/Sigra is reported to be based on the Axia platform, which of course also underpins the Perodua Bezza sedan that will be launched in Malaysia next week (check out the Bezza’s specs and read our first drive report of Perodua’s first sedan). This MPV could very well be the production version of the Daihatsu UFC-3 concept from IIMS 2014, which was supposed to preview an MPV smaller than Xenia.

There are a number of styling details that are shared between the UFC-3 and this production Calya, such as the side window shape and some of the surfacing, although things have been toned down. What hasn’t been moderated is the aggressive face. Reminiscent of the “X” face on the latest European Yaris, the lower grille is so big that it’s joined to the badge and slim upper grille.

At the rear, there are L-shaped tail lights, much like on the new Innova, although these have much less of a Honda HR-V-esque look to them. No photos of the interior, yet.

The Calya and Sigra are expected to come with 1.0L and 1.2L engines, the latter because of the Indonesian LCGC guidelines. The 1.2L engine could related to the 3NR-FE 80 PS four-cylinder unit used in the Indonesian Etios Valco hatchback, which is also an LCGC. Would such an MPV – capacious and cheaper than the Perodua Alza, but basic in engine and specs – gain acceptability in Malaysia?


GALLERY: Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept at IIMS 2014