The Toyota Avanza has been around for quite some time already. While it was facelifted a few years ago, the current generation is already nine years old, as it was introduced here way back last January 13, 2012.
That makes Toyota's subcompact MPV due (or even overdue) for an all-new model. Now, reports are coming from Indonesia that the third-generation Avanza might be launched sometime this year. It was rumored that it will arrive by December 2020, but that didn't materialize.
So, what will the next-gen Avanza be like, then? Based on various reports, there are those saying that the MPV will shift to a front-wheel-drive unibody chassis. If so, it's a significant departure from the current Avanza that sits on a body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive platform. It might use the new DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture) platform, which is essentially an extension of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) structure.
As for the design, the reports are suggesting that it will look like the DN Multi-Six concept shown during the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Should Daihatsu stay true to the prototype, we could also see the production version wearing Toyota badges. Remember, the Avanza is based on a Daihatsu model dubbed the Xenia.
For now, the only thing Daihatsu is saying is that they will launch several all-new models this year. They didn't mention the Xenia is included in the list. But if they roll out the next-generation Xenia in 2021, we can expect the Toyota version to follow shortly.
Shifting to a unibody, front-wheel-drive platform has several implications for Daihatsu and Toyota. If the next Avanza adapts to this new chassis, we can also expect the Rush to do the same. Like the Avanza, the Rush is based on a Daihatsu product; the Terios, in this case. The DNGA underpinnings might even serve as the basis of the future Daihatsu Ayla-based Toyota Wigo. However, there are no reports of a next-generation Wigo just yet. That said, it's also due for a full model change as the current model is now seven years old.