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The new Toyota Calya will be launched this week, and will appear at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) that starts slightly more than a week from now, but some dealers in Indonesia are already displaying the new seven-seater MPV. Indonesian website paid a visit to a showroom for these pics.

The Toyota Calya is a budget seven seater MPV that sits beneath the Avanza, which is the default mode of transport in Indonesia. The Calya, an Indonesian Low Cost Green Car (LCGC), will compete against the Datsun GO+ Panca that has been sold in the republic since 2014. The basic Datsun has been the only MPV LCGC in the market. Like the Avanza, which has a Daihatsu sister car in the Xenia, the Calya will have the Daihatsu Sigra as a twin.

The Calya/Sigra is reported to be based on the Daihatsu Ayla/Perodua Axia platform, which of course also underpins the new Perodua Bezza sedan that was launched here in July. 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 the 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. Two trim levels are pictured here – E (black) and G (white and silver) – with the range topper getting chrome trim, foglamps and wing mirror signal lamps. The Calya rides on 14-inch wheels with 175/65 (same size as Bezza) Bridgestone Ecopia tyres.

This is our first look inside the Calya, and the dashboard is has a no-frills design and is basic in features, which is to be expected in this segment. The gear selector is located on the dash, next to a two-knob, one-lever AC control panel. Like the Perodua Axia and Bezza, the steering is fixed. The Calya comes with four power windows and electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, even on the E. The head unit in both the E and G are the same, but with Bluetooth in the latter.

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The second row bench can slide and recline, and there’s a blower for the rear section, which according to AutonetMagz, sucks up cold air from the front section to redistribute to the rear – not a “rear air con” unit per se. Access to the two third-row seats (which have side storage bins and seat belts) is via one-touch tumble fold middle seats. The last row folds down in one piece. A full-size spare tyre with alloy wheel is located under the boot, outside of the car.

The Calya is an LCGC, and with the segment’s engine cap in mind, Toyota/Daihatsu has fitted a 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine with 88 PS and 108 Nm. This Dual-VVT-i motor should be related to the new NR 1.3 litre unit that features in the Toyota Avanza facelift and Perodua Bezza, which has 94 hp and 121 Nm in the Bezza’s 1NR-VE. As usual, two transmission choices are offered – a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

Dual front airbags are standard, as are Isofix child seat mounts, but ABS brakes are reserved for the G. The Calya in its highest G automatic spec will cost below 150 juta rupiah (RM46,272). Will such a model catch on here, or is it too basic for the demanding Malaysian market?