Toyota is sure pulling out all the stops at the start of the year. Earlier today, it was the Supra and it’s now time for something a bit more attainable. Weeks after it was first spied, the 2019 Toyota Avanza has also been officially revealed.
Sporting a rather dramatic facelift, the 2019 Avanza gets a new look inspired by its larger van stablemates such as the Voxy, Alphard, and Vellfire. The 2019 Avanza employs a split headlight design with a thick single grill slat. The lower part of the bumper meanwhile has a large center intake. Bumper corners are also more aggressive than before with much more defined edges.
The flanks on the other hand are largely carried over from the current model. As for the rear, it gets a Veloz-like treatment with L-shaped tail lights. Also, tail light lenses have been changed for 2019. That being said, the L-shaped lights have been a design characteristic for the Indo-spec Avanzas, and it remains to be seen of that look will appear here as well.
Moving inside, the cabin is also largely carried over from the Avanza of the present, save for a few minor tweaks. Most noticeable is the new center stack. It has a more flush design and, depending on the market perhaps, a new touchscreen interface. Also changed is the instrument cluster. Instead of an orange overlay, the new Avanza gets blue dials.
Things are unchanged under the hood. The 2019 Avanza packs the same 1.3 and 1.5-liter engine options like before. However, power is up slightly for the 1.3-liter engine and it now makes 97 PS. The 1.5-liter meanwhile gets one more horsepower at 104 PS. Transmission options are still the same. Customers can choose between a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
Higher variants also get options like power folding mirrors, push start/stop, along with a factory alarm.
With its reveal in Indonesia, it might not take long for the updated Toyota Avanza to make its way here. There isn’t an exact timeline for it for the Philippines for now, but a mid to late 2019 launch is possible.