Last month, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) announced the Toyota Avanza 1.5X, a new range-topping variant of the seven-seater MPV. Going for RM82,700 on-the-road without insurance, the Avanza X wears tougher styling for a pseudo SUV look. That’s the trick used by Honda for the BR-V, although that one was designed from the ground-up to look “rugged”.

The Avanza 1.5X’s defining cosmetic add-on is the black cladding on the entire lower portion of the car – front, back and sides including the wheel arches. There are silver sections in the front and rear lower bumper to simulate skid plates. The matte black cladding is mixed with some gloss black bits higher up, and there are LED daytime running lights below the fog lamps.

All the above lower body add-ons are matched with blacked-out D pillars for the “floating roof” effect. There are also ‘X’ badges on the front wings and the rear gets extra red reflectors next to the vertical tail lights.

Optional kit shown here include two-tone multi-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels and a “roof ornament”, which we presume to mean that the roof rails are merely decorative. As usual for UMWT models, customers can upgrade the head unit to DVD-AVX or DVD-AVN systems, both with touchscreens.