2021 Toyota Avanza exterior

More details on the all-new Toyota Avanza have surfaced online. Notably, the subcompact MPV is rumored to make its Indonesian debut in Early November. So the main question is, will it be competitive enough to face some of the fiercest competitors in its segment including the Xpander and Ertiga?

The all-new Avanza is said to go by the W100 and W101 model code. According to an Instagram post by a user named Indra Frathan, the upcoming model is currently in the pre-production phase, with 3 to 5 prototypes already assembled in Indonesia. The following units were said to be sent to Japan for evaluation purposes.

Also, other unconfirmed details regarding the all-new MPV have surfaced all thanks to the alleged information sourced from a shipping company’s website. According to the forum where the info was posted, both the D34T and D26A are referring to the same model. Plus, the D26A codename is pretty close to the Avanza’s counterpart which is the next-generation Perodua Alza S under the D27A codename.

Moreover, rumors state that the all-new Toyota Avanza will only come with one engine option, namely, a 1.5-liter 2NR-VE gasoline engine. Power figures have yet to be disclosed upon launch, though the said mill could either be paired with a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The upcoming model shall sit on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) which is the platform as the Perodua Ativa.

Back in July, Malaysian-based website, WapCar, also reported that the MPV will transition to a front-wheel-drive (FWD), therefore ditching the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) setup of the outgoing model. According to the source, this move is to be done in order to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. 

Lastly, the all-new Avanza’s safety department will also be a step further from its predecessor, with it being fitted with 6-airbags and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). It seems like Toyota is definitely doing some progress with its subcompact MPV. If the COVID-19 situation permits, perhaps we could expect the all-new Toyota Avanza to enter the Philippine market sooner than expected.

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