UMW Toyota is set for four new introductions this year, and they are the Sienta (August), new Innova (end-2016) and “improvements” to the Vios and Camry sedans. This was revealed by UMWT president Datuk Ismet Suki at the launch of the 2016 Toyota Alphard and Vellfire.

The Toyota Sienta needs no introduction, as the curious-looking car has been displayed to the public on more than one occasion. This includes a preview during My Auto Fest 2016 back in May, followed by a display at Toyota’s showroom in Mitsui Outlet Park. It’s good to know that the seven-seat MPV will be making its official debut here shortly after its larger siblings (Alphard and Vellfire).

Available in two variants – base 1.5G and 1.5V – pricing for both have also been revealed, with the former wearing a RM92,900 sticker and the former retailing at RM99,900 (prices are on-the-road with insurance). However, in both times we’ve seen the Sienta, it is only the high-spec 1.5V, and not the base 1.5G.

As for the “improvements” to the Vios and Camry, the former could possibly be a reference to the refreshed model already available in Thailand. We’ve already gotten up close with the new Vios during the 2016 Bangkok Motor Show, which comes with some pretty significant abbreviations.

Chief among them is the inclusion of VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), joining the already-standard ABS with EBD and brake assist. The other is the CVT that replaces the current model’s four-speed automatic gearbox, with a seven-speed stepped-ration mode. Said transmission is mated to a new 2NR-FBE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine capable of running on E85 biofuel.

Should the new Vios be introduced in Malaysia, we will most likely not get the 2NR-FBE powertrain, but instead, the regular 2NR-FE Dual VVT-i (Sienta engine), without E85 capability.

In terms of output, the Thai-spec engine outputs 108 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm, slightly down in torque (by 1 Nm) from our current 1NZ-FE Vios.

As for the Camry, we’re not certain as to what improvements can be introduced to it. If we had to guess, it could be something like the previous pre-facelift Camry 2.0G X (pictured here). Should that be the case, a new 2.0G X should slot in between the current 2.0G and range-topping 2.5 Hybrid, with more kit.

Finally, the new Innova, which has already been revealed for the Indoesian market. Featuring a brand-new design inside and out, the MPV has been made a little more upmarket than before thanks to its more expansive equipment list. This extends to the vehicle’s safety kit as well, which includes seven airbags and VSC electronic stability control for the top-spec variant there.

Engine options in the Republic include a 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i 1TR-FE four-cylinder petrol engine (139 PS/ 183 Nm) or the new 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that debuted on the Hilux, with 149 PS and 359 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 2,600 rpm. The engines are mated to either a six-speed torque converter automatic with manual mode (replacing the four-speed auto) or a five-speed manual.

GALLERY: Toyota Sienta 1.5V at Mitsui Outlet Park

GALLERY: New Toyota Vios at the 2016 Bangkok Motor Show