Toyota launches all-new Avanza

By Patrick Everett Tadeo Philippine Car News - Toyota Motor Philippines launches all-new Avanza

Toyota Motor Philippines is capping its tenth consecutive Triple Crown title by launching the all-new Avanza mini multipurpose vehicle (MPV).

The all-new Avanza's design gives it a more upscale, high-tech look than that of its plebian-looking predecessor.

Up front, the Avanza gets a bolder bumper, adventurously-designed headlights and a grille that echoes the double-tier design used by its stabemates. As you step around it, you'll notice the more pronounced fender flares which gives it a very distinct character line. As you reach the rear, you'll discover that the utilitarian-look of the previous-generation model has been replaced with a more sophisticated one thanks to the styling of the taillights that curves down to the rear quarter panels and the design of the rear window.

It's the interior, however, that has shown the most dramatic improvement as gone is the 1980s-like feel with the hard plastic and exposed sheet metal above the door panels. Now, the all-new Avanza's interior is arguably at par with most, if not all, of the subcompact offerings in the market, particularly with the high-end G variant with its silver-like trim on the steering wheel, aircon vents, door panel, transmission and integrated audio system. The all-new Avanza's second- and third-row passengers are also seated in comfort thanks to the inclusion of overhead aircon vents above the second row.

Though the same 1.3- and 1.5-liter engines of the previous-generation Avanza carries on in the all-new model, Toyota has tweaked it to further improve its fuel consumption to 16km/L for the 1.5-liter model. Also soldiering on are the same five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions of its predecessor.

Toyota has also heeded the call of its fans and customers who didn't want the barebones 1.3-liter J variant but didn't want to pay the price being commanded by the range-topping 1.5-liter G variant by now offering the mid-range 1.3-liter E variant. From what we've seen, besides the smaller displacement engine, the only difference between the E and G variants are the 2-DIN head unit in place of the integrated audio system, the silver trim, the front foglamps and the color-keyed front grille instead of the chromed one.

The all-new Avanza is now available at your nearest Toyota dealerships at the following prices:

1.3-liter J (MT) at P620,000

1.3-liter E (MT) at P703,000

1.3-liter E (AT) at P743,000

1.5-liter G (MT) at P828,000

1.5-liter G (AT) at P868,000.

Looking at the prices, Top Gear Philippines technical editor Ferman Lao couldn't help but notice that, with its more upmarket look and features, the Avanza is looking to compete against the Honda Jazz. Do you agree with his observation? Let us know through the comment box.

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  • Carfanatic Jan 13 2012 @ 02:04pm
    Wow! Definitely you will forget the 1st Gen Avanza. Another hit from Toyota.
  • ceejhay Jan 13 2012 @ 02:59pm
  • Feeter Silverster Jan 13 2012 @ 03:01pm
    Ganda, laki ng improvement... Nice one Toyota.
  • atlantis_05 Jan 13 2012 @ 03:17pm
    with its versatility and 7 persons seating capacity this would be a perfect family car.
  • yokam888 Jan 13 2012 @ 03:33pm
    isnt it the yaris that is competing against the jazz? i think the avanza's real competitor is the kia carens and suzuki mpv and probably that nissan 7 seater wagon (i forgot the name).

    toyota should really consider selling a diesel variant of the new avanza... it would be a definite best seller.
  • myas110 Jan 13 2012 @ 03:36pm
    nice one...soon to be innova buyers might a second look on this new avanza :)
  • 16c galibier Jan 13 2012 @ 04:48pm
    Wow Toyota has improved the avanza so well. This version of the avanza is more better than it's previos generation.
  • dheezhee Jan 13 2012 @ 04:49pm
    It looks like a bigger Jazz! Same halos ang silhouette nila, pahabain mo lang ang hood ng avanza. Anyway, I like it. Grand livina had a niche and now the avanza can come it and compete.
  • dsobreo Jan 13 2012 @ 04:59pm
    Mas gusto ko to kesa sa Innova, pwede na sana kung may Diesel Variant...
  • blazinthrower Jan 13 2012 @ 05:04pm
    walang jazz na taxi... period.
  • Fernando Amorsolo Jan 13 2012 @ 05:44pm
    Why include JAZZ in this thread?

    Anyways, Toyota this season, is into, "face lifts". Well, as for those who are not after performance, but for comfort and amenities, Toyota is the answer to their needs.
  • bruce Jan 13 2012 @ 05:49pm
    nice upgrade!
  • BOOGIECAT Jan 13 2012 @ 07:16pm
    The new Avanza looks good.
  • troybentz Jan 13 2012 @ 07:38pm
    IMBA tlga! bagong facelift nanaman sa pang TAXI!
  • atlantis_05 Jan 13 2012 @ 07:39pm
    you can never see a honda taxi anywhere in our contry...simply bcuz honda doesn't allow their cars to be use as taxi.
    • someonespecialisme Jan 15 2012 @ 09:54pm
      they void your warranty if you use your honda as a public utility vehicle....that even includes hotel limos..and by the time the warranty has expired, it might already be too old to be a taxi...and it would really be impractical to make it into a taxi coz of high priced parts
  • wenski Jan 13 2012 @ 07:51pm
    very nice
  • Rem Jan 13 2012 @ 08:08pm
    Looks great! Reminds of a smaller Toyota Land Cruiser Prado from the back. :P
  • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 13 2012 @ 08:38pm
    WOW! a new taxi!
  • Fernando Amorsolo Jan 13 2012 @ 09:14pm
    I don't know if it's enviable but: I JUST SAW THIS THING ON METAL ALREADY from a Toyota dealer here in my place. The exact variant from the picture. Really, it looks funky and I sense a 'GREMLIN' theme from the front fascia.

    Give it 2 mos, and you can no longer count them rolling in our streets. hahaha JUST A THOUGHT, it's fancy to think that i am to one of the few who saw it first here in our country. (Nyek.. Ano daw? haha)
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 14 2012 @ 07:17am
  • noelhingco Jan 13 2012 @ 11:01pm
    Finally! i just wished they also have a 1.5 E (MT) -----> same as a 1.3 E (MT) with a bigger engine, priced closely to the 1.3 E (AT)
  • GBfive Jan 14 2012 @ 03:21am
    nothing wrong with a taxi. even German(MBenz, BMW, VW) cars are used as taxi in some European, Middle Eastern countries. (peace, Honda!)
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 14 2012 @ 08:39am
      yeah kaso maayos ang mga taxi dyan sa mga bansang yan d katulad d2. compare mo
  • GTi Jan 14 2012 @ 09:09am
    Here's to hoping that it really is as civilized as it looks.
  • tidus1203 Jan 14 2012 @ 09:32am
    Yari na naman mga competitors nito...
  • mgr366 Jan 14 2012 @ 12:48pm
    is the 1.3 E A/T = 7 seater? and which one is better the Vios 1.3G A/T or this one? I am planning of buying a small vehicle this time. thanks.
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 14 2012 @ 01:40pm
      Although I'm a MitsuLoyalist, I recommend the Avanza. The Vios is already aging. Besides, bagong dating lang d2 ang Avanza kaya pag-nakita ka ng friends mo, medyo pag-titinginan ka kasi ikaw ang isa sa mga unang nakabili ng bagong Avanza. Ayaw mo nun, sikat ka hehehehe.......
      • mgr366 Jan 16 2012 @ 04:02pm
        thanks Kyoichi sudo. Actually, I'm a proud owner of a Montero GLS-V. so like you, i own a mitsubishi din. kailangan ko lang ng extra vehicle pag coding at nakaPMS yun monty. I just sold my pajero. Pamahal ng pamahal ang fuel kaya small car na lang =)
        • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 18 2012 @ 08:45pm
          right choice! wag kang maniwala sa mga comment ni dtkiko ok. baka ma-brain wash ka eh hehehehe.......... sorry sa late reply ha, busy ako sa school eh(um, 14yr old student here!)
    • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 14 2012 @ 01:41pm
      But if you can wait, Wait for the stylish Suzuki Ertiga, its the rival of the Avanza
      • dsobreo Jan 14 2012 @ 03:30pm
        • Kyoichi Sudo Jan 15 2012 @ 05:41pm
          Totoo naman dba? talo agad ang Avanza pag dumating na d2 ang Ertiga(if the price is right)
      • mgr366 Jan 16 2012 @ 04:04pm
        but going back to my first question, is it a 7 seater for the 1.3 A/T? thanks again.
  • ashek268 Jan 14 2012 @ 04:18pm
    Hope TMP has improved it's NVH issues.
    • dsobreo Jan 14 2012 @ 07:07pm
      Onga ang ingay ng makina lalo na Innova
  • agutz1010 Jan 14 2012 @ 09:27pm
    I saw this a while ago being delivered to Toyota Alabang. Looks like this will be a hit!
  • Sean Jan 14 2012 @ 10:29pm
    I'm not really a fan of the Avanza, but this new model looks better, especially on the inside, the interior looks far better than the first gen. I might consider buying one of this.
  • robenson Jan 15 2012 @ 09:24am
    I think it does target jazz among others. A jazz potential buyer will consider the extra 2 to 3 seats in the third row and of course the height of avanza.
  • Adrian Jan 15 2012 @ 07:19pm
    Good job for TOYOTA! The New one is arrive in the Philippines! The all new 2012 Avanza! I hope tataas pa ang sales ng Toyota nyan! matatalo na ang adventure, apv, at grand livina!
  • jmac1993 Jan 15 2012 @ 08:53pm
    akala ko ito na yung nakita kong TAXI sa may SMF. Namalik mata lang pala ako.. hahahaha...

    Magiging hit ito in 2 months time. MAY BAGONG TAXI NA ULIT! yey!
  • troybentz Jan 16 2012 @ 10:26am
    pa talbogan ulit nang mga taxi's! New Avanza taxis vs New ACCENT taxi vs ALTIS taxi vs VIOS vs SENTRA! gawa kaya sila comparo no? sa mga taxi! which is the better taxi Right Taxi vs Wrong Taxi!
    • KERSMcPherson Jan 23 2012 @ 10:50am
      pag bulky ang dala mo, choose Avanza taxi. Pag pupunta ka sa party, pumara ka ng accent (new gen/design), pag uwi ka ng probinsya papunta ka sa araneta bus terminal, ok na vios.. lol
  • leo222 Jan 16 2012 @ 03:25pm
    The variants being sold reminds me of the Vios.
    Taxi or no taxi, this would be a killer in sales. AGAIN.
    Better be prepared to see more on the road.
  • jbits Jan 16 2012 @ 07:28pm
    nag level up na!!!
  • barry Jan 17 2012 @ 11:05am
    indonesian version! haist...
  • southboy Feb 12 2012 @ 11:01pm
    great improvement on the design! hindi na mukhang fx yung loob. hehe
  • KERSMcPherson Apr 08 2012 @ 12:36pm
    mas ok ito kaysa hondai jazz..:D mas madami maisasakay..
  • mgr366 Oct 17 2012 @ 02:22pm
    Hay... January pa na-launch. Hanggang ngayon pahirapan pa rin ng unit. Until now wala pa rin yun sa akin. Talaga kayang walang unit na 1.5G Automatic na ang color ay parang sa taas (light blue)?
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