Toyota Motor Philippines has finally launched the all-new Avanza, just a few days after one of its chief rivals, the Mitsubishi Xpander was officially unveiled. All-new from the ground up, the 2022 Toyota Avanza and its comprehensive list of standard features will certainly make a splash in this highly-competitive entry-level MPV segment.
Four variants will be sold: 1.3 J M/T, 1.3 E M/T, 1.3 E CVT, 1.5 G CVT. Whichever variant you choose, all are now front-wheel drive (FWD) and rides on a much more sophisticated Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, which is in turn based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). If this sounds familiar, this is also the same platform as the all-new Raize.
Gone is the previous model’s frumpy design. In its place is a much sharper-looking MPV that’s also much longer than its predecessor by as much as 300 mm. All variants come with split-type LED headlights and LED taillights. The base J rides on 15-inch steel wheels, while the mid-spec E comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, power-folding mirrors, and a sharkfin antenna. Splurging up towards the top trim G gives you 16-inch wheels, along with push-button start.
Move towards the interior, and you’ll see a much more modern design, with even the base J variant that’s meant for fleets coming with a 6.75-inch touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB, speed-sensing door locks, digital aircon controls, and the Long Sofa Mode that lets you fold down all the Avanza’s seats and thus create a lounging area inside the vehicle. Splurging up to the mid-spec E adds a larger 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-function steering, seatback pockets, and tilt-adjustable steering. Lastly, the top trim G variant comes with a leather tilt and telescopic steering and a 4.2-inch color multi-information display (MID).
The 2022 Toyota Avanza comes in two engine choices, a 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engine, both of which have four cylinders. Both are carried over from the previous generation model, which means their power and torque figures remain unchanged. The 1.3-liter mill produces 98 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-liter engine produces 106 horsepower and 138 Nm. Both come with a CVT, a first for the Avanza, while the 5-speed manual is offered as standard on the E and J variants.
Toyota continues to lead in the safety game. We’re not just talking about the advanced safety part, but what we mean are features that we think should be standard on all cars in the first place in 2022. Dual SRS airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, three-point seat belts for all seven occupants, and two ISOFIX child seat anchors come as standard on all variants. The G variant, meanwhile, is the most comprehensively-equipped entry-level MPV in its segment, as this variant comes with seven airbags, along with blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, the only vehicle so far in its segment to have this feature.
Toyota aims to sell 1,000 units per month of the 2022 Avanza, and this is through aggressive marketing as well as its competitive price despite having a generous amount of features. Here are the prices of the 2022 Toyota Avanza:
- 1.3 J M/T: P813,000
- 1.3 E M/T: P928,000
- 1.3 E CVT: P984,000
- 1.5 G CVT: P1,036,000