Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Avanza. Completely new from the ground up, the all-new 2022 Toyota Avanza looks far sleeker and more handsome than the model it replaces. In addition, it debuts a host of groundbreaking tech and interior features never before seen in the entry-level subcompact MPV segment.
Now riding on a much more modern platform co-developed with its subsidiary Daihatsu, the new Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) is a derivative from the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that’s meant for vehicles catered to emerging markets. Because of this, the all-new Avanza is now front-wheel drive (FWD), ditching the previous model’s archaic body-on-frame platform.
With its switch to a unibody FWD platform, the all-new 2022 Toyota Avanza now carries a far sleeker design compared to its frumpy predecessor. The proportions are significantly improved, with a more defined hood, bolder grille design, and a sleeker side profile. The rear is equally striking, with its sleek LED taillights equipped as standard on all variants. The base E variant rides on 15-inch alloy wheels and gets a pair of halogen headlights, while the G variant benefits from LED headlights and bigger 16-inch wheels.
Upgrading to the Avanza Veloz gives you a more distinctive exterior design, exterior mirror-mounted puddle lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, full-width LED taillights, and even sequential LED turn signals.
Just like the exterior, the interior is also radically different from its predecessor. Due to its shift to an FWD platform, interior packaging is better than ever. Toyota is introducing a feature called “Long Sofa Mode” which is basically the front seats being folded flat enough to meet the second-row seats, or the second-row seats having the ability to act as a footrest for the third-row occupants.
As for features, the standard Avanza gets a 4.2-inch multi-information display as standard, along with digital AC controls, a 7- or 9-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and smart entry with push-button start on higher variants.
Moving up to the Avanza Veloz gets you leather and fabric combination seats, leatherette door panels, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, single-zone automatic climate contorl, wireless charging, electronic parking brake, ambient LED lighting, and even a rear-seat entertainment system.
With the move to an all-new platform, it is surprising to find out that the all-new Avanza will still be powered by the same 1.3- and 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines as the previous rear-wheel drive (RWD) models. The 1.3-liter engine produces 90 hp and 121 Nm of torque, while the bigger 1.5-liter engine produces 106 hp and 137 Nm of torque. This drives the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a new CVT.
Toyota has also leveled up the Avanza in terms of safety. As standard, all variants come with dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBS, electronic stability control, and even a seatbelt warning for all three rows. Stepping up to the higher variants, including the Veloz, adds a 360-degree camera system and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assistance tech, which bundles automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and also pedal misapplication mitigation.
The all-new 2022 Toyota Avanza is now on sale in Indonesia. Given its popularity, a Philippine launch will definitely happen sooner rather than later, most likely in Q1 or Q2 2022.