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2015-10-01 12:47

NEW AVANZA LANDS IN SA: Toyota's smallest MPV, the Avanza has received design tweaks throughout and benefited from new engines. Image: Quikcpic

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 •  New exterior, interior design
 •  New engines
 •  Eco indicator
 •  Improved suspension, steering

Cape Town - Toyota's popular Avanza receives a facelift in 2015 with the launch of a revised version in South Africa.

The spruced MPV gains design tweaks throughout, new engines and tech.

Etios engines, improved suspension

Powering the MPV are two new engines - 1.3 and 1.5 litre petrol borrowed from its Etios sibling. The 1.3 litre engine delivers 70kW/121Nm and the 1.5 is capable of 77kW/137Nm. The 1.3 is mated to a five-speed manual while the 1.5 can be coupled with an optional four-speed automatic.

Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 6.1 litres/100km for the 1.3 litre and 6.3 litres/100km for the 1.5 litre manual. Fuel consumption for the 1.5 auto is rated 6.7 l/100 km.

The facelifted Avanza has improved handling and steering as well as reduced cabin noise.

New family 'face'

At the front you can spot Toyota's new 'corporate face’ in the form a large radiator grille and colour-coded elements extending to the sides. On TX versions, the air-inlets incorporate foglights.

Gallery: 2015 Toyota Avanza

At the rear, it gains revised taillights and an enlarged rear-door garnish.

Revised Interior

Inside it has a mono-tone black cabin, new dashboard trim and accents. The instrument cluster has amber hued inserts, silver trim and white illumination. All variants receive an Eco indicator which aims to boost economical driving. Other improvements include auto power windows, a new console tray and a heel-pad fitted to the driver’s footwell. The rear window wiper has an intermittent function and the interior light gains auto-off functionality.

The MPV is more practical with the addition of a split third-row seat that allows passengers to independently adjust the back-row seating. The third-row seats can be folded to increase cargo space.

For increased safety the second-row seats has been fitted with a centre headrest. In terms of safety, all variants are now fitted with electronic brake-force distribution.

S, SX and TX

The new Avanza range is available in three specifications; S, SX and TX.

The S variant is equipped with power windows, remote central locking, power steering, intermittent windscreen wipers and an anti-theft system as standard. The SX adds colour-coded, power side-mirrors, aircon and vanity mirror for the front passenger.

The flagship Avanza TX is equipped with new 15" alloys rims, chromed at the front and spoiler

A 1.3 litre Panel Van  remains part of the line-up.

Prices

1.3 S – R193 400
1.3 SX – R208 500
1.5 SX – R214 900
1.5 SX AT – R231 600
1.5 TX – R245 600
1.3 Panel Van – R198 000


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