Toyota Veloz 2022

  • 2022 Perodua Alza vs Toyota Veloz – RM20k separates the co-developed MPVs, but what are the differences?

    By now, you’ve seen plenty of teasers of the Toyota Veloz, and we also showed you pics of the upcoming MPV uncovered on a transporter near Rawang, which is Perodua’s base. The Veloz is of course a sister car to the recently-launched Perodua Alza, and both are manufactured by Perodua in Sg Choh, north of the Klang Valley.

    The Alza has been merged with the Toyota Avanza/Veloz (Veloz is a more upmarket Avanza) and Daihatsu Xenia. All four versions of the seven-seater MPV sit on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, which means that the second-generation Alza moves away from being a JDM rebadge and the Avanza goes from rear-wheel drive to a more sophisticated front-wheel drive base.

    In Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) will only be offering the Veloz (no Avanza) and the positioning of the single-spec MPV will be higher than the Alza, with extra equipment over the already-generous kit list of the Alza, and with a corresponding higher price, of course. The estimated Veloz price is RM95,000 on-the-road without insurance. That’s RM20k more than the top Alza AV.

    Front and rear – click to enlarge

    So, what are the visual and equipment differences between the two? It’s a longer list than what’s immediately apparent – let’s go through the points based on what we’ve seen so far, what UMWT has revealed to date, and also the Veloz specs in Indonesia and Thailand.

    The Veloz’s overall shape is similar to the Alza’s, and its rear end familiar, but the two have very different faces. While the Alza sports a wide, bowl-shaped grille and an ‘X’ theme, the Veloz features a downturned hexagonal grille. The grille inserts are also different – it’s ‘L’ for the Alza and ‘Y’ for the Veloz, which gets T-shaped chrome accents around the LED fog lamp surrounds.

    Speaking of LEDs, the LED headlamps are different and the Toyota gets LED daytime running lights (LED DRLs for the Alza come with the optional GearUp bodykit). The Veloz headlamps are bridged by a chrome strip that tops the grille – these continue on the sides of the bonnet to reach the windowline, and the chrome outline terminates at the rear screen. The Alza AV’s chrome strip starts from the A pillars.

    Side profile and stance – click to enlarge

    Perhaps more prominent than the face is the stance of the two models. Perodua opted for a low-slung MPV with a car-like ground clearance of 160 mm (150 mm for X, old Alza was 155 mm). In contrast, the Malaysian-spec Veloz GC is 190 mm, which is 30 mm higher and more typical of a Low MPV class of vehicle (Honda BR-V, Hyundai Stargazer, Mitsu Xpander, etc). The stance difference is immediately apparent. Note that 190 mm is lower than the Indonesian-spec Veloz’s 205 mm. If you want to compare, the Perodua Aruz/Toyota Rush has a GC of 220 mm and the Mitsubishi Xpander‘s GC is 205 mm.

    Which is better is down to preference. P2 touts easy entry/exit for children and the elderly (lower boot load lip is also an advantage), while Toyota says that you won’t need to “worry about damaging the undercarriage while going over rough terrain, speed bumps or pot holes” with their taller car. Which side are you on?

    Before you answer, get a good look at both cars in the metal. The Veloz wears 17-inch two-tone multi-spoke alloys, which are an inch larger than the Alza AV’s blade-style two-tone items, which look just about right with the lowered body. The Veloz comes in five colours – white, silver, red Metallic, “Bluish Black” and the signature blue you see in the ads. A black roof for a two-tone look is exclusive to the Toyota. We also see what appears to be roof rails.

    Black roof and roof rails are Veloz-only items

    Lastly, the outer tail lamps are shared, but only the Veloz sports a red line all the way to the central emblem, and it also has the model name spelled out between the T logo and the number plate recess. The Alza’s retro-style wordmark is at the edge of the hatch. The bumpers and reflector surrounds are different, and the Veloz’s silver centre section has a more “SUV look” with indents mimicking skid plates.

    Slightly chunkier bodywork at the bumpers and wheelarches means that the Veloz has a slightly bigger footprint (4,475 mm long, +50 mm over Alza; 1,750 mm wide, +20 mm over Alza), although you most likely won’t notice this, just the height difference.

    Inside, the main dashboard moulding is shared, but the Veloz gets its own central air con vent design. Above that is a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s different from the Alza’s, even if the 9.0″ size is similar. Toyota’s HU supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Alza tops out at wired Android Auto on the top AV.

    Dashboard and trim – click to enlarge

    While the digital meter panel and steering wheel are shared, each brand uses its own single-zone digital AC control panel. You’ll see that the Toyota’s panel has two round knobs and an automatic function – the Alza’s panel, which is from the Ativa, has no auto climate control, but there are two memory positions. The Veloz also adds on a Qi wireless phone charger behind the gear lever.

    The Alza AV has a rather unique two-tone dash with dark red as the contrast colour – this is light grey in the Veloz. The Toyota’s door cards are also different – note the chunky door pulls like what we see in the Ativa/Rocky/Raize; this is not present in the Alza. The Veloz also appears to have blue ambient lighting on the doors and centre stack.

    Also – and this can be a significant item for some – the Veloz is set to come with telescopic adjustment for its steering. The Alza’s wheel only adjusts for tilt. Expect the Toyota to have a keyless entry sensor on the passenger door handle. Perodua typically omits this – it’s touch once on the driver’s side to unlock it, touch twice to unlock all doors.

    Door cards and air con control panel – click to enlarge

    There should be some trim differences as well. We see that the leather seats on the Veloz have a different quilted pattern, and the chairs don’t have the red bits from the Alza AV, obviously. The top Alza’s seats are part-leather with some fabric sections – the Veloz’s chairs are fully covered in leather. There could also be additional soft-touch padding too – we’ll see.

    That’s all we have for now based on what has been revealed. Suspension aside, both DNGA-based sisters are similar under the skin, sharing the same Perodua-made 1.5L Dual VVT-i engine and D-CVT gearbox with manual mode. In the Alza, the Euro 4 2NR-VE makes 105 hp and 138 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, which is 3 hp and 1 Nm more than in the Myvi (102 hp/137 Nm). Auto start-stop is standard.

    The Alza has selectable Drive Modes where the driver can choose between Normal, Eco and Power modes via a ‘DRIVE’ steering button on the right spoke. This should also be on the Veloz. P2 claims fuel consumption of 22 km/l in what it calls the Malaysian Driving Cycle, which supposedly reflects local conditions. It’s 18.9 km/l in the more familiar NEDC. Expect slightly higher FC on the heavier Veloz, which also rolls on bigger wheels.

    Veloz features and price list – click to enlarge

    Safety-wise, the Alza comes with Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 3.0, which includes Pre-collision Warning (PCW, vehicle 4-120 km/h, pedestrian 4-60 km/h), Pre-collision Braking (PCB or AEB, vehicle 4-120 km/h, pedestrian 4-60 km/h), Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control.

    There’s also Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Lane Keep Control and Adaptive Cruise Control. ACC now comes with what P2 calls a “Stop, Hold/Follow function”, commonly known as low speed follow or traffic jam assist. The Veloz should be getting the same safety package and six airbags, branded as Toyota Safety Sense.

    Compared to the other pair of Perodua-Toyota seven-seater twins – the Aruz and Rush – the differentiation here is greater in terms of equipment and body panels, inside and out. For those who have half a mind on converting the Alza into “a Toyota”, it will be much harder than the Ativa-Raize bumper job, although I don’t see much incentive given that there’s nothing JDM about this Toyota.

    So, all the above plus the Toyota brand for around RM20k more over the RM75,500 Alza – what’s your take? Also, brand aside, which of the two looks do you prefer?

    GALLERY: Toyota Veloz, Malaysia-spec

    GALLERY: 2022 Perodua Alza AV

     
     
  • Toyota Veloz seven-seater MPV gets 190 mm ground clearance – 30 mm higher than Perodua Alza

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) continues the gradual release of information on the Veloz, its seven-seat MPV that will soon arrive on the Malaysian market.

    Here, the company has revealed in a Facebook post that the Veloz has ground clearance of 190 mm, or 30 mm more than that of the Perodua Alza. For comparison to other MPVs on the market, the Mitsubishi Xpander has a ground clearance of 205 mm (225 mm in facelifted form).

    Local units of the Veloz have been sighted last week, and so far we know that the Veloz for our market will get a selection of exterior paint finishes that includes two bi-tone schemes – Blue Metallic and Silver Metallic, each paired with a black roof – as well as Red Metallic, Metallic Bluish Black and Solid White.

    While the Veloz shares its DNGA platform with the Alza, there are several visual cues that differentiate the seven-seater Toyota from its Perodua relation. The Veloz gets a hexagonal grille with Y-pattern mesh that gets T-shaped chrome accents around the LED fog lamp surrounds, while its headlamps are joined by a chrome strip the runs the width of its clamshell bonnet.

    Toyota Veloz (left) and Perodua Alza (right)

    Inside, the dashboard layout in the Veloz is naturally similar to that of the Alza, though with slightly narrower central air-conditioning vents to accommodate the nine-inch Display Audio infotainment head unit that is of a wider aspect ratio, and supports wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For comparison, the Alza offers wired Android Auto on the top AV variant.

    On the safety front, Toyota Safety Sense on the Veloz includes autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Also expected on the safety equipment list for the Veloz are lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, front departure alert, pedal misapplication control and six airbags.

    As for pricing, the exact figure will be revealed when the model is launched, though it is estimated to go on sale at RM95,000 in a sole 1.5 AT variant, likely to employ the 2NR-VE engine that produces 106 PS and 138 Nm of torque in the Perodua Alza.

    The two-tone exterior paint finish will command a RM1,300 premium, while a rear-facing digital video recorder from the Tech-Up accessories catalogue will be priced at RM350. Each purchase of the Veloz will come with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Indonesia market)

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Thailand market)

     
     
  • 2022 Toyota Veloz spotted leaving Perodua’s Rawang plant – 7-seat MPV to be launched in Malaysia soon?

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has already revealed quite a lot of the upcoming Toyota Veloz, but the seven-seat MPV has yet to officially go on sale in Malaysia. It appears a launch may happen soon, as several units of the model have been sighted on a trailer, presumably heading to dealerships.

    These photos were taken by our own Danny Tan, who spotted the ladened trailer on the North-South Expressway near the Bandar Sungai Buaya-Rawang interchange. That location is close to Perodua’s Rawang production site, which is where the DNGA-based Alza is produced.

    The Veloz is also a DNGA product and is assembled locally (CKD), almost certainly under contract by Perodua. However, the Toyota MPV is positioned as a more upmarket offering, one that will be offered in a sole 1.5 AT variant with an estimated price of RM95,000 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of sales tax.

    Looking at the cars on the trailer, we can see two of the five exterior finishes that are available for the Veloz, namely White and a two-tone Silver Metallic with a black roof. Other options include Red Metallic, Metallic Bluish Black (still a cute name) as well as Blue Metallic with a black roof.

    Despite sharing the same platform with the Alza, the Veloz looks noticeably different thanks to its large hexagonal-shaped grille (with a Y-patterned mesh) that is flanked by T-shaped chrome accents around the LED fog lamp surrounds. The angular headlamps with sequential indicators are also bridged by a long chrome strip that runs all the way under the clamshell bonnet.

    At the rear, the Veloz’s taillight are joined by trim piece bearing a red stripe bridging the clusters. There’s also a model script just above the number recess, while the corner surrounds for the reflectors are smaller than those on the Alza. The wheels also appear to 17-inch units like those fitted to the higher-end variants of the Veloz in Indonesia and Thailand (the Alza’s largest wheels measure 16 inches).

    In those neighbouring markets, the Veloz has a ground clearance of 205 mm, which is more than the Alza’s 160 mm (150 mm for the base X variant). As a result, the Veloz’s overall height is 1,700 mm – referring to specifications of those markets – compared to the Alza that is 1,670 mm.

    The different bumpers also make the Toyota MPV slightly longer at 4,475 mm (+50 mm compared to the Alza), while the slightly producing wheel arches (the Alza’s are recessed) equates to a width of 1,750 mm (+20 mm). The wheelbase of both models is identical at 2,750 mm.

    The estimated pricing of the Veloz also puts it in competition with a popular seven-seater, the Mitsubishi Xpander, which also comes in one variant and has the same length, width and ground clearance as the Veloz, although the Mitsubishi is a tad bit taller (1,730 mm) and sports a longer wheelbase of 2,775 mm.

    Inside, you’ll find a dashboard layout similar to the Alza, although the Veloz has a different air vent design to accommodate its standard nine-inch Display Audio infotainment system. The latter has a wider aspect ratio touchscreen and supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity – the Alza can only do wired AA on the top-spec AV.

    Elsewhere, the single-zone automatic air-conditioning controls are model-specific with circular dials, as compared to the button-only controls found in the Alza – the Perodua gets memory functions too. There’s also light grey trim on the dashboard and door panels, while the centre console area has two open storage areas ahead and aft of the gear lever, with one being large enough for an integrated Qi wireless phone charger.

    Safety-wise, the Veloz gets the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists as standard, with standard features that we know so far being Pre-Collision System (PCS), otherwise known as autonomous emergency braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Expect a more comprehensive suite of systems, given the higher asking price relative to the top-spec Alza AV (RM75,500).

    Full details and pricing of the Veloz will be revealed when the model is launched, which should happen soon given this sighting. Given the visual differences and equipment advantages you get with the Veloz, will you consider it over its Perodua sibling?

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Indonesia market)

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Thailand market)

     
     
  • 2022 Toyota Veloz in Malaysia – Alza’s upmarket twin shown in full; 2-tone paint, 17-inch wheels; RM95k est

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has revealed more exterior and interior photos of the Veloz, which is the upmarket sibling of the all-new Perodua Alza, which was launched here recently, as well as the latest Avanza, which this replaces.

    Order taking for the upcoming Toyota seven-seat MPV has already begun as of June 24, 2022, although the company still isn’t revealing pricing just yet – the sole 1.5 AT variant is estimated to retail at RM95,000 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of sales tax.

    Like the Alza and Avanza, the Veloz should be powered by a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, with drive going to the front wheels via a D-CVT. We don’t have exact outputs just yet, but in the Alza, the mill serves up 106 PS (105 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.

    The car you see in these photos is finished in Blue Metallic with a black roof, which is one of two bi-tone options, with the other being Silver Metallic that is also paired with a black roof. Alternatively, there are three monotone hues available, namely Red Metallic, Metallic Bluish Black (cute name) and solid White.

    Styling cues unique to the Veloz include a large hexagonal-shaped grille (with a Y-patterned mesh) that is flanked by T-shaped chrome accents for the prominent LED fog lamp surrounds. The angular headlamps with sequential indicators are also bridged by a long chrome strip that runs all the way under the clamshell bonnet.

    The keen-eyed among you will also notice that the area around the wheel arches protrudes slightly rather than being recessed as they are on the Alza and Avanza. More differences are found in the rear, as the Veloz’s taillight clusters, which are similar in the shape to its siblings, are linked by a trim piece bearing a red stripe.

    Additionally, a Veloz script is seen just above the number plate recess, the corner sections for the reflectors are smaller in size compared to the Alza, and there’s a rugged-looking faux skid plate in the lower apron. Finishing touches include skirting in black on the front and sides, along with wheels that appear to be similar in design to the 17-inch units (the Alza maxes out at 16s) fitted to the higher-end variants of the Veloz in Indonesia and Thailand.

    Inside, you’ll find a dashboard layout not unlike the Alza’s, although the Veloz’s air vents are styled differently. The ones in the centre are a touch narrower and trapezoidal in shape to accommodate the nine-inch Display Audio infotainment system, which has a wider aspect ratio touchscreen and impressively supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity – the Alza can only do wired AA on the top-spec AV.

    The controls for the single-zone automatic air-conditioning system are also model-specific with circular dials, as opposed to button-style controls found in the Avanza and Alza – the Perodua gets memory functions too.

    Elsewhere, the trim on the dashboard and door panels are in a shade of light grey instead of black, while the centre console has an open storage area that an integrated Qi wireless charger (the Alza doesn’t get this). This is just ahead of switches for the electronic parking brake and auto brake hold (only the Alza AV gets both), as well as the gear lever – the latter getting its own surrounding trim design.

    Features that are shared with the Alza include the multi-function steering wheel (albeit with the Toyota logo), seven-inch TFT digital instrument panel, two USB charge ports for rear passengers and boot space (137 litres with all seats up, 498 litres with the third row folded down).

    Safety-wise, the Veloz gets the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists as standard, with mentioned features being Pre-Collision System (PCS), otherwise known as autonomous emergency braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

    Given its projected price tag, which is RM19,500 more than a top-spec Alza (RM75,500), we should expect things like lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, front departure alert, pedal misapplication control and six airbags too also be included as standard.

    On the mention of prices, should you want the Veloz with a two-tone finish, it’ll cost you an extra RM1,300, and if you want a rear digital video recorder (dashcam) that is from the Tech-Up accessories catalogue, it’s an additional RM350. Each purchase comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    We’ll only get a complete spec sheet when the Veloz is officially launched here, which we’re expecting will take place soon. Given what’s been presented so far, are you looking forward to the Toyota seven-seat MPV?

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Indonesia market)

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz (Thailand market)

     
     
  • 2022 Toyota Veloz open for booking in Malaysia – replaces Avanza, wireless Apple CarPlay, RM95k est

    No sooner than the order books open for the new Perodua Alza did UMW Toyota Motor follow suit with the Veloz. The more upmarket seven-seater MPV sibling replaces the Avanza in Malaysia after 18 years and over 178,000 units sold.

    As with its twin, the Veloz is assembled locally – almost certainly under contract by Perodua – although it will be quite a bit more expensive. Whereas the Alza is expected to top out at around RM75,000, the Toyota carries estimated pricing of RM95,000 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of the sales and service tax (SST). Buyers have less than a week to put down their order and take advantage of the SST exemption, which will grant them a slightly cheaper price.


    Thai-market model shown

    To justify the higher positioning, the Veloz will get several unique touches over the Alza. On the outside, this means a more “premium” design with a chrome strip running all the way under the clamshell bonnet, LED headlights with sequential indicators, a large hexagonal grille and T-shaped chrome accents for the LED fog light surrounds.

    Elsewhere, the Veloz gets chrome window trim, full-width taillights, triangular cutouts in the bumpers and the standard fitment of 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels. Exclusive to Malaysia is a two-tone colour scheme with a black roof for the Silver Metallic and Blue Metallic paint options, costing an additional RM1,300. Single-tone White, Red Metallic and Metallic Bluish Black are also offered.


    Click to enlarge

    Inside, the Veloz is differentiated from the Avanza in other markets (and the Daihatsu Xenia in Indonesia) via additional silver trim, particularly around the steering wheel, centre air vents and centre console “rails”. The latter feature integrated ambient lighting, which can be found on the door cards, too. The dashboard is also slightly different, with fake stitching.

    There are also some extra equipment on the Malaysian version, not least of which is the fitment of a nine-inch freestanding infotainment touchscreen. This, amazingly, comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, paired with a Qi wireless charger – on a sub-RM100,000 car! Like the Alza, the Veloz gets a seven-inch digital instrument display and an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold.


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    Safety-wise, the Veloz features the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists that should be identical to the Alza’s Perodua Smart Drive Assist (PSDA). This means it will likely include not only the confirmed autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control but also lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, front departure alert, pedal misapplication control and matrix high beam. Six airbags should also be standard.

    Under the bonnet lies the usual 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. While the output figures have yet to be revealed, they should be similar to the Vios and Yaris, which put out 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels through Daihatsu’s Dual mode CVT (D-CVT) with a seven-speed sequential mode.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Veloz in Thailand

     
     
 
 
 

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