Undeniably, Filipinos happen to patronize small MPVs, given its extra height and space which are indeed capable enough of catering extended families and barkadas, partnered with a relatively affordable price tag. The local automotive market is flooded with options, but the entry of Toyota Motor Philippines, the Avanza leads the pack – and it received a facelift in Indonesia recently.
The Indonesian-spec Toyota Avanza received minor treatments including its bold, redesigned front end with reshaped foglamp cases and two-tier headlamp configuration that’s separated in the middle by a body-colored panel. The fascia is then complemented with chrome accents and blacked-out panels, which clearly draws a bit of inspiration from its rather larger Alphard sibling.
The rear-end, on the other hand, is supported with a rather minor revision as well. This includes the redesigned vertical taillights complemented with red reflectors. The entire layout is finished off with a center chrome piece, while the rear bumper gets additional reflectors.
Like before, the Avanza also gets a Veloz variant which supports several aesthetic enhancements including tweaked front and rear ends to project a sportier look.
Inside, there are minimal changes applied in the 2019 Avanza, although, there are some upmarket features added such as a newly-integrated climate control system. Moreover, it gets the push start/stop engine and an improved head unit.
As for the engine options, the new Indonesian-spec Avanza is available with the same 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter as before, which are paired to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmissions.
The Avanza has been a popular choice among buyers leaning towards its respective segment. Given its established traits as to practicality and reliability, will the Avanza manage to stack up among its competitors through its several aesthetic enhancements and additional upmarket features? No official word yet on when this particular model shall reach the Philippine soil, so do keep your eyes peeled for further updates.