A mini MPV, Toyota Avanza was designed and manufactured in Indonesia. The vehicle was also assembled in Malaysia under the monitoring of Toyota Motor Corporation, also markets the vehicle under Daihatsu brand, i.e. Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia build on the same platform. In 2003, the car made its first appearance at the Gaikindo Auto Expo and in its debut year sold 100,000 units. The term ‘Avanza’ is derived from an Italian ‘Avanzato’ means ‘Advance’.
The idea behind designing the Avanza is to build a low premiere MPV so as to separate Toyota Kijang into two models, i.e. one being Toyota Kijang and other being Toyota Innova (a high-end vehicle designed to target higher market).
Besides Indonesia and Malaysia, the vehicle is also marketed in Brunei, Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico (the only North American country to sell it) and China.
The Toyota Avanza is either powered by a 1.3-L gasoline inline-four engine capable of generating 67 kW (92 PS) at 6000 rpm, or a 1.5-L gasoline engine, generating an output of 80 kW (109 PS) at 6000 rpm. However, in 2006, a newer version of Avanza was introduced with a powerful VVT-i unit.
The 2006 model featured a new grille, new bumpers, a new interior and new front and rear lamps. In 2006, Avanza S was launched that came with a 1.5-L 16-valve DOHC VVT-i gasoline engine along with ABS braking system.
For Malaysian market, Avanza is offered in 1.5G with automatic transmission as well as 1.3E with both automatic and manual transmission. As for Philippines, two trim levels are offered including ‘J’ line, equipped with a 1.3 I3 engine with manual transmission. No power windows and locks are offered and ‘G’ line, powered by a 1.5 engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Daihatsu Xenia shared the platform with Avanza and is equipped with a 1.3-L EFI same as Avanza’s and also a three-cylinder 1.0-L with power and torque rating at 62 hp or 46 kW (63 PS) at 5600 rpm and torque of 92 Nm (68 lb-ft) at 3600 rpm.
On June 21, 2007, the Xenia was launched by Daihatsu in collaboration with First Automobile Works (FAW) in China. Xenia came with 1.3-L and 1.5-L EFI engines same as Avanza.
At present, Xenia is only marketed in China and Indonesia.
The Avanza gets the mentioned features as standard: 15″ wheels (On 1.5 models); 14″ wheels (On 1.3 models); 13″ wheels (On 1.0 models); 4-speaker audio system with radio and CD playback; 50:50 folding 2nd row seats; 100:0 folding 3rd row seats; MacPherson Strut Suspension; Electronically controlled side mirrors; All windows equipped with power windows; Warning lights on information meters for various safety and engine systems; Air-conditioning with rear blower; Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) body; Seat Belts; Alarm system with engine immobliser, siren, cabin sensors, and auto door locks; Foglamps and high-mount stop light; and Reverse sensors.
The 1.5 model features a Chromed Front Grille, door handles, backdoor garnish, shift bang; Anti Brake Locking System (ABS); Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) (in selected countries); 4-spoke Urethane Steering Wheel; and SRS Airbags (in selected countries).