Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Toyota Indonesia | posted August 16, 2016 07:59
New MPV slots below Avanza
Toyota has just launched a new MPV that will slot below the Avanza. Called the Calya, it too comes with seven seats and will serve as the brand's smallest MPV in Indonesia.
The Calya is the result of Indonesia's Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program. For a car to be eiligible, it must to do at least 20 kilometers per liter and 60 percent of its parts should have been built in Indonesia. Another car from Toyota that is part of the LCGC program is the Toyota Agya, sold in the Philippines as the Wigo.
This latest MPV from Toyota rides on the same platform used in the Wigo and has been stretched to accommodate an extra row of seats. It also features styling cues from both the Wigo and new-generation Innova. At the front, the Calya's front fascia sports a large upper chrome grill that is flanked by fender-wrapped headlights. On to its side, the reverse-kink third window takes a page from its much bigger sibling, the Innova. At the back, it sees an upright tailgate with L-shaped tail lights. As mentioned above, the Calya is the automaker's smallest MPV in Indonesia. For comparison basis the Calya is 120 millimeters shorter than the Avanza.
Inside, the Calya comes with a short dashboard to maximize space in a small footprint. It comes equipped with fabric seats, manual air-conditioning, power windows and a multi-information display as standard. For seating flexibility, the Calya has a tumble forward second row seat with a 60:40 split. The third row meanwhile is a folding single back rest bench seat.
There are two variants to choose from with the Calya, namely the entry-level E and top-spec G. E models are equipped with a 2-DIN stereo with USB input while the G gets Bluetooth and two extra speakers.
Under the hood of the Calya is Toyota's new-generation NR series engine seen in the updated Vios and Yaris. Unlike the Vios and Yaris, the Calya gets the 1.2 liter version of the engine as LCGC rules limit engine size to 1200cc. It comes with Dual VVT-i and has an output of 88 PS and 108 Nm of torque. It is then paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.