2022 Toyota Avanza, Veloz launched in Indonesia – DNGA platform; Toyota Safety Sense; priced fr RM60k

2022 Toyota Avanza, Veloz launched in Indonesia – DNGA platform; Toyota Safety Sense; priced fr RM60k

2022 Toyota Avanza

Here it is, the third-generation Toyota Avanza, which is making its launch debut in Indonesia today together with its sportier Toyota Veloz version. The all-new Low MPV replaces the second-generation model that has been around for just over a decade, bringing with it significant changes inside and out.

Firstly, the Avanza now rides on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) that also underpins the Raize as well as the Daihatsu Rocky and Perodua Ativa. This transition from a ladder frame to monocoque construction is accompanied by MacPherson struts at the front, while a torsion beam is used for the rear instead of the previous live axle.

More importantly, this is the first Avanza be front-wheel drive, as all previous generations were rear-wheel drive only. Engine options remain familiar, including a 1NR-VE 1.3 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC four-cylinder unit with Dual VVT-i that serves up 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, which is only paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

The other option is a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre engine making 106 PS at 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm at 4,200 rpm that can be mated to either a five-speed manual or Daihatsu’s D-CVT (goodbye four-speed auto), depending on the chosen variant (we’ll get to that later on).

2022 Toyota Avanza, Veloz launched in Indonesia – DNGA platform; Toyota Safety Sense; priced fr RM60k

2022 Toyota Avanza

Sitting atop the DNGA platform is a new body that occupies a much larger footprint compared to the previous model, with the Avanza now measuring 4,395 mm long (+205 mm) and 1,730 mm wide (+70 mm). Depending on variant, the vehicle’s height is either 1,665 mm (-30 mm) or 1,700 mm (+5 mm), while the wheelbase has grown to 2,750 mm (+95 mm).

In terms of styling, the latest Avanza is radically different from its predecessor, with the front fascia sporting a slim, two-slat grille flanked by sleek LED headlamps. These items sit just above a large, trapezoidal-shaped lower intake that makes up most of the front bumper, which is sculpted to feature angular fog lamp surrounds and a prominent chin.

Along the sides, a sharp crease line links the front and rear lighting clusters, running through the door handles, while the chunky wheel arch flares give the car a SUV-like vibe. For even more visual impact, the trim pieces at the base of the D-pillars are off-coloured for a pseudo-floating roof look.

Moving to the rear, the Avanza gets slim taillights that are linked by a raised, body-coloured line that runs through the Toyota logo on the tailgate. The number plate recess is also more defined now, accompanied by reflectors integrated into the angular lower apron.

2022 Toyota Veloz

As for the Veloz, it gets a number of unique touches to differentiate itself as the sportier (and fancier) option, with the most notable being its hexagonal-shaped main grille with Y-pattern mesh. This is accompanied by a tweaked headlamp design and the clusters are linked to the A-pillars by a chrome strip running across the front.

The new grille shape also warrants a new bumper with more vertical fog lamp sections that bear decorative chrome trim, while a skid plate sits beneath the lower intake. Other differences include a full-width taillight setup at the rear and another skid plate to mimic the front – the latter also sees the reflectors being pushed higher up and joined by triangular-shaped surrounds.

The overhaul continues on the inside, as there’s a more contemporary dashboard layout that is headlined by an infotainment system placed above the centre air vents. Digital controls for the manual air-conditioning system also make their way into the cabin, along with a new steering wheel design.

2022 Toyota Avanza (left), Veloz (right)

Elsewhere, the gear lever has been brought further forwards on a raised platform that connects to the centre stack, while the centre console houses the handbrake, stowage space and an armrest. As before, there’s three rows of seats to accommodate up to seven people, and with the increased dimensions, expect more interior space as well.

The Avanza is offered in four variants in Indonesia, starting with the base 1.3E that is priced at 206.2 million rupiah (RM60,173). For the sum, it comes with the 1NR-VE, a five-speed manual 15-inch alloy wheels, fabric seats, a seven-inch touchscreen, USB ports, VSC, ABS, EBD, brake assist, hill start assist, two airbags and all-seat seatbelt warning.

The next step up is the 1.5G, which is powered by the 2NR-VE and can be had with either a manual for 228.5 million rupiah (RM66,673) or automatic for 241.4 million rupiah (RM70,437). The 1.5G improves upon the 1.5E by adopting 16-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, an alarm and immobiliser, a 4.2-inch TFT multi-info display, a nine-inch touchscreen, keyless engine start as well as tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment.

2022 Toyota Avanza Indonesian brochure; click to enlarge

The range-topping variant is the 1.5G CVT TSS that retails at 264.4 million rupiah (RM77,148), which adds on the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety and driver assist systems – another first and a big improvement for the model.

Included in the suite is Toyota’s Pre Collision System, Front Departure Alert, Lane Departure Assist, Pedal Misoperation Control, Rear Crossing Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring. The 1.5G CVT TSS also gets six airbags and a T Intouch telematics system with various connected services (vehicle location finder, geofencing, e-care maintenance)

For more upmarket features, we have to look at the Veloz, which only comes with the 2NR-VE engine. The Veloz has a three-variant line-up, starting with the MT variant with a manual and goes for 251.2 million rupiah (RM73,295), followed by the Q CVT priced at 272.1 million rupiah (RM79,393) and Q CVT TSS at 291.5 million rupiah (RM85,054).

2022 Toyota Veloz Indonesian brochure; click to enlarge

Regardless of the Veloz variant chosen, they all come standard with fabric and leather combination seats, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, an electronic parking brake with automatic brake hold, a wireless charger, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic air-conditioning, an ambient lighting system, soft-touch door armrests, a rear-seat entertainment screen, rear parking sensors and the Avanza’s passive safety systems.

Specific to the Q CVT variants are 17-inch wheels, selectable drive modes and an around-view monitor, while the MT makes do with 16-inchers and a reverse camera. The top-spec Q CVT TSS gets the same Toyota Safety Sense suite as the Avanza’s 1.5G CVT TSS, along with six airbags (the rest only get two).

So, what do you think of the overhauled Avanza? Do you prefer the regular face or the Veloz’s looks? What about all the fancy new tech? It has been rumoured previously that the third-generation Avanza will be the basis for the next-generation Perodua Alza (codenamed D27A), although there’s been no official word on the matter for now. Sounds like quite an attractive package though, wouldn’t you agree?




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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • John Gagal on Nov 10, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    (Like) Perodua Alza Xenia
    (Dislike) Proton Jiaji Exora Celup

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    • Jinggo on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:16 am

      kedua²nya celup & rebatch kot.. hahahahaha.. Exora je yg original made in Malaysia.

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    • Unknown on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      You do realise one is Bsegment cramped el cheapo MPV and the other is super spacious luxurious C+/Dsegment MPV?

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      • Victor Sierra on Nov 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

        Beg to differ. The current Avanza-Xenia (soon-to-be Alza) is way more spacious than before. Space is also on par with MPVs above its class.

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      • GenY AEB on Nov 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

        Exora built quality is outdated to be compared to even B Segment SUV today.

        X80 replacement is better.

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    • Roti john on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      Super exciting, when Perodua launched the All new Game-Changing Alza based on these Avanza and Veloz, it will dominate the market for sure. Proton should just discontinue the Exora.

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  • Good Lounge-Interior SUV.

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  • Nice

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    • YB Albert on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:21 am

      The rear of this Avanza is not bad..quite chantik.
      However,the front is like an enlarged piranha’s mouth,if you look closely.
      Anyway,Toyota is a universally respectable brand.
      The only caveat is the final pricing..UMW ,as usual year end,to please taikor PNB,must maximise the pricing to get maximum profits.
      So,you can expect a pricier Avanza,if it arrives before CNY.

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  • Seribu on Nov 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    This design is more beautiful and domineering

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  • Next Alza

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  • seancorr (Member) on Nov 10, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Wow the good old Avanza just got a quantum leap in uogrades. Come 2022 it will be a familiar face on our local roads.

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    • Unknown on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      R u serious? The current Avanza is like a unicorn on the road, this will be even more rare as the price creeps upwards similarly with Myvi.

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  • Riser on Nov 10, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    This Car can mod.
    Red roof wrap, Caldina return.

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  • Truth on Nov 10, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    its based on daihatsu, not original Toyota platform…not interested

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    • Arambulo Ding on Dec 05, 2021 at 6:09 am

      Daihatsu is a company fully owned by ToyotaIn Japan, Daihatsu manufactures vehicles in all classes, going against many similarly specced and class Toyota manufactured vehicles

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    • dinggaling on Dec 05, 2021 at 6:10 am

      Daihatsu is a company fully owned by ToyotaIn Japan, Daihatsu manufactures vehicles in all classes, going against many similarly specced and class Toyota manufactured vehicles

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  • anonimus on Nov 10, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    that feel when avanza have a much better rear design than corolla cross

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    • Different levels. Corolla Cross can match with same competitors, not Avanza

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  • Lingo on Nov 10, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Very proper and affordable

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  • the styling boleh tahan …

    question of the day … still goyang like a sampan ?

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  • Playz on Nov 10, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I love new design, look like premium toyota

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  • Locker on Nov 10, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Look wide

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  • Sick & Tired on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:19 am

    For the same price, we get dinky arsed Ativa! Without perodua, we could have gotten better cars value for our money!!!!

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  • Huck Phin on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:47 am

    It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of the Rush now that the Veloz pricing exceeds the Rush.

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    • Abyasa on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Rush is SUV
      Veloz is affordable premium MPV.

      Both will continue to sell, competing each other.

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  • Abyasa on Nov 11, 2021 at 8:47 am

    @ Indonesia,
    Avanza 1.5G TSS CVT RM77k eqv.
    Veloz 1.5Q TSS CVT RM85k eqv.

    Later exporting to American mid and southern, and SEA too.

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  • A car that give you life and happiness. No need headache no bank balance.
    Dream spec, dream lounge interior, affordable.

    Make BEV 1.2L, >20km/L even better.
    EPB ACC StopGo lagi best.

    3 Big things for Malaysian now.
    Alza Veloz and X80

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  • Pieces on Nov 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Front Avanza look a bit like Raize

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  • jinggo on Nov 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    come to Malaysia, price increase to RM100k.

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    • Copy Paste on Nov 11, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Copy paste: “Without perodua, we could have gotten better cars value for our money!!!!”

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    • Go Garage on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Yeah.

      RM85k Veloz TSS, export to Malaysia.
      Follow record. It’s gonna be RM105k instead.

      It’s still comfortable, practical and more fuel saving alternatives to BR-V Xpander 1.5L.
      This slot nicely between Xpander and Innova.

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    • Cukai Eksais on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:43 pm

      In theory should be same price because zero import duty among ASEAN countries.

      But…..(insert the blame)

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  • 123San on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Angry looking

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  • Sejuk on Nov 11, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Excellent design

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  • donno on Nov 11, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    How can you call something that clearly has double the ride height of a Perodua Alza as a “Low MPV” ????

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    • It is low class MPV. geddit?

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      • This is national MPV class, not low class

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        • Angry Voters on Nov 12, 2021 at 2:44 pm

          Calling P2 our national brand is an insult to us. It is nothing more than a rebadger rebadging low class cars only meant for Asean market.

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  • hazri on Nov 11, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    at last avanza get the proper design. this avanza makes corolla cross and rav4 look cheap.

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  • donno on Nov 12, 2021 at 9:24 am

    LoL!!!

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  • Meng kong loo on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    When is the new Toyota avanza launching in Malaysia???

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  • Anuar on Dec 18, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Noa

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  • Muhammad Arshad Bin Mustapaha on Jan 16, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Can it replace my sienta soon ? Would love to trade.. but the comfort must be better than my current mpv. My sienta only lack of front parking sensor and airbag. Others are quite good (for me)..oh, it doesnt have tv at back too.. well this is MPV.. not suv. That thing are important for my kids.. korg bila ada anak kecik, ada tv kt blkng baru budak2 boleh duduk diam dlm carseat. Kalu tak semua berebut nk duduk kt fornt passenger… pstu mama dia jadi singa.. kaki anak jgn cerita la berapa kali tersepak gear, tp mujur gigi gearbox toyota bergigi.. jadi dia tak mudah tertukar dari D ke N atau 2

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  • Once again Malaysia gets the goodies last why oh why

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