The best-selling compact MPV in the country has received a fresh update for 2015 to keep it in touch with its recently launched competitors. Since its introduction to the Philippine market in 2006, the Avanza has already sold more than 50,000 units. And now, with this new revamp, Toyota Motor Philippines is confident that it’ll remain the preferred choice in its segment.
All in all, the 2015 Avanza sports a new engine that offers more power, improved fuel efficiency, and enhanced levels of NVH for a much more comfortable driving experience. The new Avanza remains available with two engine variants: 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter. The 1.3-liter K3-VE engine produces 90 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 117 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm while the 1.5-liter 3SZ-FE outs 102 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both of these engines are mated to either 5-speed manuals or 4-speed automatics.
Outside, it gets a refreshed front fascia with an expressive new grille, re-shaped headlights, and new designs for its alloy wheels (15-inches for the 1.5 and 14-inches for the 1.3). The rear doesn’t change as much and is limited to tweaked brake lamp clusters.
Inside is where the Avanza gets its biggest difference. For one, it feels more sophisticated with its new dark brown scheme (at least for the 1.5). Next, the instrument cluster has been updated with new graphics including a helpful eco indicator that guides the driver to maximize fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the infotainment system is now GPS navigation ready with inputs done through a 2-DIN audio system (except for 1.3J). Finally, it offers better flexibility with the addition of a 50/50 split-tumble third row.
Aside from these cosmetic and creature feature enhancements, the Avanza also gets reinforcements when it comes to safety. Dual SRS airbags are now standard across the line-up as are ISOFIX child seat anchors. The 1.5-liter model gets the added security of anti-lock brakes with EBD.
The 2015 Toyota Avanza is offered with a refreshed color line-up, the availability of which depends on the exact variant: Nebula Blue Metallic, Black Metallic, Grey Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, Beige Metallic, and White.
Prices of the Avanza are as follows:
- 1.3J M/T: P 667,000
- 1.3E M/T: P 756,000
- 1.3E A/T: P 797,000
- 1.5G M/T: P 869,000
- 1.5G A/T: P 910,000