The current iteration of the Toyota Avanza has been around for quite some time now. In fact, it's been seven years since the second-gen first graced Philippine roads and about three years since its facelift. This year, it seems like there will be big changes for the small MPV.
Revealed early by an eager sales agent, the 2019 Avanza (and its twin, the Daihatsu Xenia) sports a new look and it's quite a bold redesign as well. The small seven-seater now gets its looks from its much bigger stablemate, the Alphard and Vellfire. Totally new are the headlights which employs a split arrangement. The new look sees the main beam being moved up while the auxiliary lights and turn signals have been placed at the bottom.
Then there's the grill which is now a single thick trim piece and all engine cooling duties have been relegated to the larger center air intake. Also, the bumper has been given a dramatic new look with sharper corners and, thus, giving it a wider appearance. From the photos, it also appears that the hood has been tweaked slightly as well.
It's not quite a full model change just yet. One look at the rear shows that the 2019 Avanza still sits on the current platform. Pictured above is the Veloz variant, meaning it has the L-shaped tail light extensions as well. However, do expect the tail light clusters to be altered for the Philippine-spec Avanzas as well. As for its twin, the Daihatsu Xenia, it gets a slightly altered rear bumper. The Daihatsu version gets slimmer faux air outlets on each corner, as well as a rectangular reflector strip.
As for engines, it seems that the current range has been retained. That means either a 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter mill with Dual VVT-i tech. It's unlikely that there will be any power gains for both options meaning it's probably going to retain 95 PS and 103 PS for the 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter, respectively. Transmission could still be the same five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, just like in the current model.
With its (un)official reveal in Indonesia, it's only a matter of time before the Philippine market gets the new-look Avanza. As to when exactly it will be, there is no definite timeline for now but by the looks of things, Toyota will have a busy 2019 ahead.