At the start of the month, we brought you news that the new Toyota Avanza facelift would be launched in Malaysia soon. Now, we’re bringing you full galleries of the refreshed MPV in 1.5E and 1.5S guises, which are two of three available variants – the last one being the 1.5S+. These cars were on display at the UMW Toyota showroom in Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya.

Styling changes are plain for all to see, with a front end that draws inspiration from the Vellfire. The trim on the upper grille now spreads to the edges of the new bumper, splitting the headlamps into two tiers. The lower apron is nearly identical to the Veloz (a sportier take on the standard Avanza) sold in Indonesia, with a multi-slat intake and recessed fog lamp sections.

Around back, you’ll find redesigned taillights that are linked by a chrome trim piece, with additional red reflectors on the 1.5S (and 1.5S+), while the 1.5E gets a more basic look instead. All variants are fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/65 profile tyres, but only the 1.5S and 1.5S+ get a two-tone finish.

As for the interior, the layout of the dashboard has been tweaked to accommodate a new centre stack, which frames the infotainment screen and controls for the standard manual air-conditioning system (with rear ceiling-mounted vents) below the air vents.

In terms of equipment, bi-LED headlamps, front fog lamps, a shark fin antenna and roof spoiler are standard exterior fitments across the board. The base variant is the only one that comes without electric retractable side mirrors and dark chrome with red lens garnish for the tailgate mentioned above.

Inside, the 1.5E and 1.5S come with double-DIN head unit, with the 6.75-inch Display Audio (standard for the 1.5S+) pictured here being a cost option. The speaker count is six on all variants except for the base option that makes do with just four.

The 1.5E is equipped with a normal urethane steering wheel and standard analogue gauges, while the remaining variants gain a steering-mounted audio controls, chrome trim, sportier gauges and a multi-info instrument cluster display. Fabric seats and USB charging ports are all standard for all three variants.

As for safety kit, there’s still just two airbags, ABS with EBD, and Isofix child seat anchors on the second row. However, the 1.5S+ gets a blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert – the first time these features are available on an Avanza in Malaysia – not present on other variants.

All variants are powered by a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 105 PS (103 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The mill, which is also used for the Rush and Perodua Myvi, sends drive to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic only – there’s no five-speed manual option.

As revealed back then, pricing for the new Avanza starts from RM80,888 (on-the-road without insurance) for the 1.5E, while the 1.5S retails at RM83,888, and the 1.5S+ at RM87,888.

2019 Toyota Avanza 1.5S

2019 Toyota Avanza 1.5E