It's finally here. After making its world debut in Indonesia late last year, Toyota's newest subcompact SUV has arrived in the Philippines.
This is the 2022 Toyota Veloz, and it's more than just a fancier Avanza. Now its own model, the all-new Veloz now serves as the brand's latest 7-seater complete with plenty of features and amenities.
But first, let's take a look at its exterior. While its shape is similar to the Avanza's, the Veloz gets a more upscale appearance. It gets sleek LED headlights with a chrome strip at the center, an all-black grille, inverted L-shaped foglight bezels, and a front air dam that gives it a sportier front. It also comes with LED taillights with a central light bar, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205/50 tires, automatic folding side mirrors, and chrome-finished window belts.
In terms of size, the Veloz is 4475mm long, 1775mm wide, and 1700mm tall. Side-by-side with the Avanza 1.5 G, the Veloz is 80mm longer, 45mm wider, and 70mm taller. Wheelbase, on the other hand, is the same at 2750mm. Also similar is the Veloz's ground clearance which stands at 190mm.
Like the exterior, the Veloz gets its own cabin design. It gets a new two-tone black and white finish on the dashboard, door cards, and leather-fabric seats. It also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather center armrest complete with contrast stitching. If you want to treat the Veloz like a mobile lounge, it gets the same Sofa Mode seating layout as the Avanza which can fully fold both the second-row and third-row seats.
Infotainment comes in the form of either a 9-inch (V variant) or 8-inch (G variant) touchscreen. Despite the difference in size, both displays come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, voice command, and AM/FM radio. There are also USB charging ports for the second-row passengers, as well as a 12V power socket for the third-row occupants.
Other standard amenities in the 2022 Veloz include automatic climate control, push-start button, keyless entry, wireless charging pad on the center console, 60:40 split-folding second-row seats, 50:50 split-folding third-row seats, electronic parking brake with auto hold, and speed-sensing door locks.
Only one engine is available for the 2022 Veloz, the 1.5-liter 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i inline-four. It makes 106 PS at 6000 rpm along with 138 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. No manual transmissions here as the Veloz is only paired to a CVT with sequential shift. As an added bonus, the Veloz gets three selectable drive modes; Eco, Normal, and Sport.
Giving occupants extra peace of mind while in the Veloz is Toyota Safety Sense. Exclusive only to the top-of-the-line V, it gives the 7-seater intelligent driver aids that include a pre-collision system, auto high-beam, lane-departure alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Meanwhile, all variants of the Veloz come with the following safety features; anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, reverse camera, reverse parking sensors, and 6 airbags (driver, front, side, and front curtain).
Colors for the 2022 Toyota Veloz include Black Metallic, Dark Red Metallic, Purplish Silver Mica Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl Mica which is an extra PHP 15,000.
Pricing for the 2022 Veloz is as follows:
Veloz 1.5G CVT – PHP 1,185,000
Veloz 1.5V CVT – PHP 1,225,000