Avanza is a name created from an Italian word, “Avanzato,” which means “advance.” The car was named with the aim of staying at the forefront of the times together with its owners.
This vehicle was developed specifically for the Asean region, taking into consideration the economic levels of these markets. This meant it had to be priced more affordably, as an entry-level vehicle. Thus, Toyota’s main goal in developing the Avanza is to make a product that is versatile and affordable, without compromising quality. With this in mind, the Avanza was developed, an entirely new model line.
The Avanza was first introduced in Indonesia in January 2004, followed by Malaysia and Thailand in the Asian Region and as well as Mexico.
There are also further plans to expand the Avanza to the other regions in the Middle East and Africa.
The introduction of the Avanza in the Philippines since this model has already spelt great success with more than 210,000 units sold in the Asia since introduction.
With the introduction of the Avanza in the Philippines, it is therefore crucial to clearly differentiate the Avanza from the rest of the products in TMP’s line-up. It will be classified under the multipurpose vehicle segment. It is positioned as an entry-level crossover vehicle for both personal and utilitarian usage, without compromising practicality and affordability.
Multi-Utility: Versatility and Functionality
The Avanza offers a unique and practical package with its spacious cabin for passengers and load, without sacrificing maneuverability. With its overall dimensions of 4,120mm X 1,630mm X 1,695 in length, width and height, it has a shorter length than most sedans, but a longer wheelbase. Its large, spacious room enables seven passengers to sit comfortably in any of its three rows.
The Avanza has a new high-performance engine that surpasses expectations in performance. With either a 1.5 liter or 1.3-liter engine, it has a low fuel consumption even when carrying many passengers or heavy loads.
Compact and Comfortable Cabin
A newly developed Denso high-capacity air-conditioning systems is incorporated, which makes it possible for the Avanza to quickly and efficiently cool the cabin. The louvers are strategically emplaced at the top of the instrument panel to maximize airflow. Furthermore, the dual air conditioner can send air directly to the rear seats, improving the comfort of rear passengers.
The G-grade features new multi-reflector headlamps, front fog lamps, chrome grille, and a large color-keyed bumper. At the back, rear spoiler with high-mount stop lamp, window defogger, combination lamp, and 15 inch, 8-spoke alloy wheels are incorporated.
The instrument panel has the function and usability comparable to a sedan. It takes into account how people actually operate the panel and has optimized shapes and locations of switches to improve the visibility and ease of use. Interior features include power window, door lock and outer mirror control, a Kenwood 2-din CD and MP3 player for the audio, and a wireless door lock system.
Design and Performance: Newly developed engine
The Avanza’s K5-VE 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-i engine has a displacement of 1,495 cc, bore and stroke of 72.0 X 91.8mm, maximum output 108ps over 6,000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 142nm over 4,400 rpm.
It employs a light-weight, high-rigidity body that was developed to provide better handling performance and stability. It’s Mcpherson strut type front suspension provides enhanced steering linearity and response, while the 4-link coil spring type rear suspension provides a car-like ride quality. The multiple link suspension controls vertical and horizontal vibration and secures stability. The resulting stability is also present at speed drives. Furthermore, the driver experiences great stability whether there’s just one or seven passengers.
The Avanza can go through all kinds of road conditions unlike normal sedans. Its higher road clearance compared to passenger cars allow it to travel in rough terrain. In addition, anti-flood features enable to travel the city roads conveniently even during heavy rains.
The Avanza maintains Toyota’s world-renowned high safety standards. Various safety features include a GOA Body, Driver SRS Airbag for the G-Grade, collapsible steering column, and standard 3-point ELR seatbelts for all row seats.
Variants and Pricing
The Avanza is available in three variants: 1.5G Automatic Transmission at Php 773,000; 1.5G Manual Transmission at Php 738,000; and the 1.3J manual transmission at Php 582,000. Available shades are white, silver, red mica, champagne, and blue metallic.