Toyota Motor Philippines officially launched the all-new Avanza as their first salvo for 2012. The compact MPV was first introduced in the Philippines in 2006 and has been enjoying steady sales being virtually the only vehicle in its segment. The Avanza is based on the Daihatsu Xenia, a joint development between the two companies and produced in the Astra Daihatsu facility in Indonesia as part of a production agreement. Toyota is the majority shareholder of Daihatsu.
For 2012, the Avanza was completely redesigned from the inside and out, receiving engineering improvements based from customer feedback. The most significant improvement is the body, which has been lengthened by 20mm to 4,140mm and widened by 30mm to 1,660mm. The exterior design has been completely modernized and enhanced with a totally new front-end, the taillamps and rear bumper has been restyled and the grip type door handles to give the Avanza a more premium look and feel.
The interior was also redesigned by Toyota engineers to give it more cargo space than the previous model. The dashboard and trims were also brought up to a new level by giving it some texture. The audio system now comes with aux and usb ports that can now be controlled through the buttons convienntly located on the steering wheel (for premium variant).
Under the hood, are the same 3SZ-VE 1.5-liter VVT-i and K3-VE 1.3-liter VVT-i engines, they have been retuned for improved fuel efficiency. These engines are mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
IMV Project Executive Chief Engineer Kaoru Hosokawa was personally present to both introduce the new Avanza and say goodbye as he will now be assigned to a different responsibility. Hosokawa shared that the new Avanza is now designed to cater to the demands of the Southeast Asian market which use the Avanza for both family and businesses, that's why the cargo space and fuel efficiency was greatly improved.
The 2012 Avanza is now available through Toyota dealerships nationwide and is offered with 5 variants priced at PhP 868,000 for the 1.5G A/T; PhP 828,000 for the 1.5G M/T; PhP 743,000 for the 1.3E A/T; PhP 703,000 for the 1.3E M/T; and PhP 620,000 for the 1.3J M/T.