The newest iteration of the Toyota Avanza was unveiled in Indonesia and as seen in the image above, it received an aesthetic overhaul. It has the same E, G, and Veloz variants but it’s a complete change of clothes inside and out.
The new Avanza retains the 1.3L 1NR-VEand 1.5L 2NR-VE engines but instead of being paired to an old-school 4-speed auto, they now have a CVT alongside the 5-speed manual. Another mechanical change is in the rear suspension that has a torsion beam for this Indonesian model while our current Avanza has a 4-link with lateral control rod.
As for looks, the new Avanza has reverted to the single headlight assembly unlike the current model here while also having a bigger grille. The wheels are one-inch bigger at 16-inches for the higher variant while the character line is now sharper, giving it a more muscular look. The side mirror is now available with auto-folding function for the higher variant too. There’s also a break of color in the rearmost panel giving it a floating illusion, though not exactly streamlined.
The back has also undergone surgery and is very much simplified. The taillights looks like those in the Corolla Cross and the bumper was also redesigned to be flatter and house the bigger reflectors.
Inside the new Avanza is a new dashboard that has traces of inspiration from the Corolla Cross and RAV4 – both of which are riding on Toyota’s global platform. The shape of the central aircon vents, the floating monitor, the silver accent on the center console all point towards the modern approach that Toyota is doing with their more expensive cars. Even the steering wheel follows the shape of the bigger crossovers.
The 2022 Avanza also flaunts new seating arrangements for a more flexible usage when outdoors. You can sit in either the second or third row for a relaxed, reclined position.
For amenities, it’s available with a push-start button, 4.2-inch multi-info display between the gauges, 7 or 9-inch touchscreen, and a digital display for the aircon control.
For safety, the Avanza comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist but also now has Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and rear sensors. The G CVT is also available with Toyota Safety Sense that will have additional side and curtain airbags, pre collision system, lane departure alert, pedal misoperation control, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.
2022 Avanza Veloz
Form and function were taken to the next level with the Veloz variant of the new Avanza. It has a mesh grille, chrome accents on the headlights and foglights, two-tone skid plate on both ends, and black garnish on the sides. At the back is a new reflector housing for a sportier appeal while at the tailgate is a light bar that runs across both taillights and puts emphasis on the Toyota logo.
Inside is a two-tone interior featuring black and white with ambient lighting on select areas. There are soft touch materials on the dashboard and door panels while the seats are a mix of fabric and leather. The instrument cluster is now a 7-inch full digital screen, there is an electronic parking brake with brake hold, Qi Wireless charger, 9-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, and LED monitor for the rear passengers.
It enjoys the same amenities as the Avanza G, and is also available with Toyota Safety Sense. What sets the Veloz apart is the availability of an around-view camera system which makes it keep up with the times.
We can’t say for sure when the new Avanza will arrive on our shores but if you fancy the new look, it would be wise to start saving up now.