Friday, May 3, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Toyota Philippines Opens 2019 Avanza Order Books


UPDATE: Here are the prices, specs, and colors (5/8).

The wait won’t be long for the refreshed Toyota Avanza to arrive. In a Facebook teaser post, Toyota Motor Philippines has confirmed that they have opened the order books on their venerable body-on-frame sub-compact 7-seater.

You can check the post out yourself here, but in gist, Toyota has yet to give the compete deets on the specs and features of the 2019 Avanza. However, they did say it will have at least 3 variants: the 1.3 J, 1.3 E, and the Veloz 1.5 G. They also mentioned that the starting price for the 2019 model is at P 731,000—a 2 percent increase over the 2018 model. Projecting that increase throughout the 2018 Avanza line-up, expect the Veloz 1.5 to top out at P 1,086,000.

In terms of specifications, it’s expected that the 2019 Avanza will retain the 1.3- or 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i motor cranking out 97 horsepower and 104 horsepower respectively, while transmission options remain a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  Despite the carryover mechanicals, the new Avanza is expected to be quieter thanks to more sound insulation than before.

It’s also likely that Toyota Motor Philippines will continue its safety leadership with the Avanza and may equip it with dual SRS airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX childseat anchors across the line. The Veloz 1.5 G may even get the added benefit of stability control.

As for launch plans, an educated guess is that Toyota may opt to continue the precedent set at Toyota’s annual media Road Trek ride and drive. Given that they’ve launched refreshed models then, the 2019 Avanza will likely drop in for a “hi” this May with start of sales to commence soon after that.

Of course, if you want to get ahead of the cue, you can reserve the 2019 Avanza even before its official launch at any of the authorized Toyota dealerships nationwide.

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