The 2015 Toyota Avanza As A Perfect Small MPV For Asia?
Creating cars for special Asian markets like Malaysia or the Philippines (seriously large markets) gives major car manufacturers a way to adjust and make cars focused for a special market niche. That is why many cars in Asia or the US do not cross to Europe or Africa and vice versa. One of the cars specially created to make the families of Asia more in love with Toyota is the 2015 Avanza – an MPV with seating for seven, small, fuel efficient engines and, interestingly, rather nice and comprehensive equipment.
Created for less developed markets, the Toyota Avanza is a perfect package if we consider Toyota’s legendary reliability, engines with advanced VVT-i technology and many features on the inside that even more developed markets have to pay as extra. The new 2015 Avanza has been redesigned compared with the 2014 model. The front was largely changed and is now looking far more appealing and aggressive in line with the shift of the entire car market towards a design philosophy dominated by aggressiveness. While the exterior truly resonates with the new character of the MPV, the fact is that the Avanza received some other major improvements and changes.
The car was created in order to succeed the first generation which has sold in more than 50.000 units in the Philippines alone since 2006 when it was introduced. Apart from the cosmetic tweaks, most obvious changes include a slight increase in size (2 centimeters in length, and a few centimeters in width). This gave the ergonomics a bit more room to work their way inside the car which after all has to host seven seats. True, in an MPV measuring 4,19 meters, the third row of seats is not what you would call comfortable. These seats are best suited for small children. However, storing them frees up much-needed boot space.
The 2015 Toyota Avanza received new, improved and more powerful engines. Both engines – the 1.3 L and the 1.5 L petrol unit are chain driven and have the VVT-i valve system. The smaller one can produce up to 95 hp and 121 Nm of torque, whereas the larger develops only 8 hp more with just a tad more torque. The real question is whether you need the bigger engine in the first place? Well, that five-seater is only available with the smaller unit, while the seven-seat car gets both engines. Thus, the decision depends on the customer’s needs.
The Avanza, of course, is not a fast car. It is a decent performer and that is the best thing we can say about it. It is also available with a bit old four-speed automatic gearbox and with a five-speed manual, so there’s nothing too amusing in it in terms of the latest technology.
However, the car truly shines when it comes to safety and interior luxury equipment. SRS Airbags, Isofix seat holders, ABS, EBD and powerful structural strengthening beams are standard for all units. While the entry level car certainly does not teem with advanced equipment, the upper scale models offer everything: touch screen infotainment system available with the AM/FM/CD/MP3/Aux/USB/Bluetooth reader, navigation system and much, much more.
All in all, the 2015 Toyota Avanza continued marching the MPV market and battling its way against entries from other carmakers such as the Honda Mobilio or the Suzuki Ertiga.