At long last, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has launched the 2019 Toyota Avanza facelift in Malaysia, which will be offered in three variants – 1.5E (RM80,888), 1.5S (RM83,888) and 1.5S+ (RM87,88). All the prices mentioned in the brackets are on-the-road without insurance, and includes a five year/unlimited mileage warranty.
Powertrain specifications are the same for all three variants, consisting of a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 105 PS (103 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine, which is also found in the Rush and Perodua Myvi, is paired exclusively to a four-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the rear wheels.
Exterior equipment that comes standard across the range include bi-LED headlamps, a shark fin antenna, a roof spoiler with LED brake lights, and front fog lamps. All Avanza models also get 15-inch alloy wheels by default.
However, only the 1.5S and 1.5S+ variants come with a two-tone finish for the wheels. Additionally, the middle and top variants are also fitted with electric retractable side mirrors, as well as dark chrome trim and red reflectors on the tailgate.
As for the interior, fabric upholstery is the only available option, as is a digital manual air-conditioning system. In other areas, the base 1.5E comes with a three-spoke urethane steering wheel, a standard analogue instrument cluster with a small display and only four speakers for the double-DIN head unit.
Moving up to the 1.5S adds on red accents to the instrument cluster and a multi-info display, along with chrome door handles, six speakers and a steering wheel-mounted media controls. The 1.5S+ swaps out the basic head unit for a more feature-packed 6.75-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, plus voice recognition and a reverse camera.
In terms of safety kit, it’s still two airbags at the front, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer second row seats. The 1.5S+ marks the first time the Avanza is offered with a blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert, although these features are absent in the 1.5E and 1.5S.
The 1.5S+ is also the only one that comes with a front digital video recorder (DVR) as standard. UMWT offers a number of optional accessories for the Avanza, starting with a rear DVR (RM350) and ceiling-mounted rear monitor (RM1,500) for the 1.5S+ only.
Meanwhile, 1.5E customers can specify the same Display Audio system from the 1.5S+ for an additional RM2,350, and/or front and rear DVRs (RM1,240). All variants can also be fitted with Toyota security and solar film for RM2,120.
Finally, four colours are offered to interested parties, including Black Metallic, White, Dark Red Mica Metallic and Silver Mica Metallic. These colours are available for all variant types.
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