First introduced in August 2016, the Toyota Calya has now been given a facelift in Indonesia, where it is being offered in two variants – E and G. As a quick refresher, the seven-seat MPV is an Indonesian Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) and shares its platform (Daihatsu Global A-Segment Platform) with the Toyota Agya/Daihatsu Ayla/Perodua Axia.

In its latest form, the Calya wears a more aggressive front end that appears to be influenced by the HY Fun Concept that debuted at this year’s Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS).

The new bumper now features angular sides that point towards the lower intake, accompanied by large black trim elements surrounding the fog lamps. Meanwhile, the grille, which is wider and more prominent this time around, is now linked to new LED headlamps that are standard across the range. The chrome bar below the bonnet is finished in chrome on the E, and dark chrome on the G.

Around back, the Innova-esque taillight clusters receive a new lighting signature, and meets with a much wider dark chrome bar that bears the Toyota logo in the middle. Beyond these changes, the Calya remains as before, with no changes to its profile aside from a new design for the standard 14-inch two-tone wheels (with 175/65 series tyres).

The dimensions remain the same as before too, with a length of 4,070 mm, width of 1,655 mm, height of 1,600 mm, and a 2,525 mm wheelbase. For perspective, the current Avanza on sale in Malaysia measures 4,200 mm long, 1,660 mm wide, 1,695 mm tall and has a 2,655 mm wheelbase.

It’s the same story with the interior, as the Calya’s looks almost identical to before, albeit in a darker shade. The biggest revisions here are the addition of a touchscreen head unit and steering wheel audio controls on the G variant – other variants get a 2-DIN head unit with USB instead.

You still get 60:40 middle row seats that tumble fold with one motion, while the third row bench folds as a single piece. A minor update here is the adoption of a darker fabric material for the seat upholstery.

In terms of equipment, both E and G variants come with reverse sensors, manual air-conditioning with rear air vents, four power windows, a multi-info display, two airbags and ABS with EBD (previously only for the G variant). The G variant gets more items like electric-folding side mirrors with indicators, an underseat storage tray and front seatback storage pockets.

All variants are powered by a 3NR-VE 1.2 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 88 PS at 6,000 rpm and 108 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. A five-speed manual is the only transmission pairing for the E, while the G can also be had with a four-speed automatic.

As before, the Calya features electric power steering, while the suspension setup consists of MacPherson struts ventilated disc brakes at the front, with a torsion beam (the G variants have an added stabiliser bar) and drum brakes at the back.

Pricing for the new Calya starts from 137,463,000 rupiah (RM40,981) for the E M/T, followed by the G M/T at 146,400,000 rupiah (RM43,645). Lastly, the range-topping G A/T goes for 158,400,000 rupiah (RM47,223).

It should also be mentioned that the Calya has a twin sister in the form of the Daihatsu Sigra, which gets its own unique styling. Like the Calya, the Sigra was also given a facelift recently, and now features a new, angular bumper that splits the upper and lower intakes, with the fog lamps now positioned higher up – both MPVs have an identical rear end.

2019 Daihatsu Sigra facelift

The Sigra is also offered with the 3NR-VE engine but there’s the additional option of a 1KR-VE 1.0 litre three-cylinder with 67 PS and 89 Nm. A five-speed manual is standard with the smaller mill, but the larger option can be had with a five-speed manual or four-speed auto, just like the Calya.

Selected variants of the Sigra also come with a reverse camera and front parking sensors, which aren’t available for the Calya. The rest of the kit list is largely similar, although lower-spec variants are fitted with 13- (with 155/80 series tyres) and 14-inch (with 175/65 series tyres) steel wheels (with and without plastic covers), while 14-inch two-tone alloys (with 175/65 series tyres) are found on the rest.

In total, there are six variants of the Sigra – 1.0 D, 1.0 M, 1.2 X, 1.2 X Deluxe, 1.2 R and 1.2 R Deluxe; the 1.0 options are manual only, all others are available with a manual or automatic. Prices start from 114 million rupiah (RM33,979) and peak at 156.75 million rupiah (RM46,721).

2019 Toyota Calya facelift

2019 Daihatsu Sigra facelift