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New Toyota Avanza Launched In Malaysia – New Dual VVT-i Engine, From RM69k

Hans October 9, 2015 10:21

The seven-seater Toyota Avanza has been given a mid-life update and it now comes with a choice of two new Dual VVT-i engine – 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre petrol, both from the NR engine family.

On-the-road prices with insurance are as below:

  • Avanza 1.5S Automatic – RM 80,810
  • Avanza 1.5G Automatic – RM 78,477
  • Avanza 1.5E Automatic- RM 75,787
  • Avanza 1.3E Manual – RM69,072

As before, the seven-seater Avanza is imported from Daihatsu’s plant in Indonesia, but compared to the Indonesian-market Avanza, ours get a different front bumper (different housing for the front fog lamps) and a different tailgate.

Toyota says the new NR-series Dual VVT-i engines, which are equipped with variable valve timing feature on both intake and exhaust valves, are 5 to 15 percent percent more economical (depending on road conditions and driving habits) than the previous VVT-i (intake valve only) engine.

Noise and vibration from the engine is also claimed to be lower than before, thanks to increased use of sound-dampening materials.

Power output has also been increased slightly. The 1.5-litre model now makes 2PS more power at the same engine speed, to 105 P at 6,000 rpm. Torque remains the same, at 136 Nm but it is achieved 200 rpm earlier, at 4,200 rpm.

The smaller 1.3-litre unit unit produces 6 PS more – 97 PS at 6,000 rpm while torque is up by 4 Nm and is achieved 200 rpm lower, totalling 121 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

The 1.5-litre model is only available with a 4-speed automatic transmission while the 1.3-litre model is only available with a 5-speed manual.

Standard safety features on all variants include ABS and EBD, dual front airbags, and ISOFIX for the second row seas. 

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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