Facelifts are quite common in the auto industry, serving as a way to refresh an already successful model without costly re-engineering and redevelopment. So it comes as no surprise as one of the country's most popular multi-purpose vehicles is getting a new look.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has just announced the availability of the facelifted Avanza MPV at dealerships nationwide. The launch of the new look Avanza follows the reveal in Indonesia earlier this year; the Avanza, like the Wigo, is manufactured in Indonesia.
The redesigned Avanza features an entirely new front end with a split-headlamp design similar to the Toyota Vellfire. The grill appears to be inspired by the spindle grills of Lexus, serving as a centerpiece for the wider look of the front bumper.
Not much has changed on the side, though Toyota has redesigned the rear slightly with some new details like new taillamps and a new bumper, among others. Top spec variants get a different treatment with a wide garnish stretching between the taillamps to mimic the split headlamp look up front.
The interior hasn't changed much, though Toyota has redesigned the center stack with a new audio system. Range topping models get a digital A/C system, push button ignition, and steering wheel audio controls. For safety, all variants of the Avanza come standard with dual airbags, side impact beams, anti lock brakes and more. Unlike the Vios or Rush, Toyota has not implemented the maximum 7 airbag system on the Avanza yet.
Initially, TMP announced that the starting price of the 2019 Avanza will be at Php 731,000 (+ Php 10,000). But according to a well-placed source, the other variants of the 2019 Avanza also received a slight price hike. The 1.3 E M/T will retail for Php 864,000 (+ Php 16,000) while the 1.3 E A/T will have a sticker price of Php 907,000 (also + Php 16,000). Strange, however is the pricing of the 1.5 G models and the Veloz as they are priced the same as the current models. With that in mind, we'll have to wait and see for the official pricing of the 2019 Avanza.
This is the second time that the second generation Avanza has undergone a redesign since it debuted in January of 2012 in the Philippines. The 2015 update of the Avanza instituted several changes like the new 1.3 and 1.5 liter engines with VVT-i for both intake and exhaust. Both engines are carried over along with the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes.