The new Toyota Avanza.

KUCHING: UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) Sdn Bhd launched the improved Toyota Avanza nationwide yesterday. The improved Toyota Avanza is available in three variants – Avanza 1.5E, Avanza 1.5S and Avanza 1.5S+. The Avanza 1.5G variant has been discontinued while the new Avanza 1.5S+ variant replaces the Avanza 1.5X.

In Sarawak, the new Avanza 1.5E is priced at RM83,680 while  the 1.5S is selling at RM86,680 and 1.5S+ at RM90,680.

The multipurpose vehicle (MPV) will be available in 4 colour options; White, Silver Mica Metallic, Dark Red Metallic and Black Metallic.

The new Toyota Avanza comes with the 2NR-VE 1.5-litre engine, a 4-cylinder in-line, 16-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i and a 4-speed electronic automatic transmission. The engine has a power output of 105ps with maximum of 136Nm of torque available at 4,200rpm.

The new Toyota Avanza.
Jeffery Wong (left) and his sales team anticipating the arrival of members of the public.

To reduce the level of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for increased motoring comfort, the entire cabin side surface of the dash inner silencer is covered with sound-insulation material.

High damping urethane material is also used for the tunnel silencer and rear deck silencer as well changing the tyre construction and rubber characteristics so that noise intrusion can be reduced.

The latest Avanza has enhancements on the exterior such as two-tier LED headlamps with body-coloured trim as well as standard front fog lamps on each side to provide supplementary lighting when needed.

New features include a Sharkfin antenna on the roof and side door mirrors with power adjustment and power folding (Avanza 1.5S and Avanza 1.5S+). Also contributing to smoother air flow over the roof is the spoiler at the rear end with an integrated LED high-mounted stop lamp.

The 7-seater MPV is also equipped with fabric seats where the second row can slide, one-touch tumble and 50:50 split fold, while the third row can do 50:50 split tumble. The MPV also comes with power windows (driver auto up/down and jam protection), footrest, emergency kit, luggage tray, bag hook, portable tire pump and USB charging ports.

Safety is further enhanced with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for the anti-lock braking system (ABS), two SRS airbags, collapsible steering column, reverse sensor and two ISOFIX fittings at the second row.

For more details on the price, specifications and accessories of the new Toyota Avanza 1.5E, 1.5S and 1.5S+, members of the public are urged to visit UMW Toyota Motor showroom at Jalan Pending here.

According to UMWT Jalan Pending branch manager Jeffery Wong, the Avanza Launch Weekender is also being held today and tomorrow from 10am to 10pm. The programme will include kid activities, giving out dates to Muslim guests and Guess the Balloons competition.

At the same time, a roadshow is also ongoing at Giant Mall in Padawan which runs until tomorrow (May 19).