UMW Toyota launch the Avanza 2 years back when they identified a market niche. With urban families plus a maid tagging along, a normal 5 seater car no longer suffice. The Avanza was launched with much anticipation and sales went through the roof that it even exceeded the top selling national car at some point.
A revised Avanza launched in Oct 2006 is said to have improvements in safety features like ABS, dual air bags and also changes in the suspension settings.
Toyota Avanza Specifications
Length 4070 mm
Width 1630 mm
Height 1685 mm
Wheelbase 2655 mm
Tread (Front/Rear) 1405 mm / 1415 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Kerb Weight 1685 kg
Power 67 kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 122 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
Power 80 kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 141 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
Front MacPherson Strut
Rear 4-link coil spring with lateral rod
Fuel Consumption in real world
Toyota Avanza 1.3 (A) 2006, city driving 10.75km/L
The 1.5 G model Avanza is said to have a slightly better suspension set up. The Avanza being relatively tall body is prone to bodyroll. With a live axle type suspension, on Toyota’s website it is called 4 link coil spring with lateral rod, it does not help stability on the highways. So the new Avanza 1.5 G tweaked suspension is said to have reduced bodyroll.
The 1.5-litre engine is a brand new unit and not from the same family as the 1.3-litre unit. Many thought that it is the same engine as that in the Vios but it is not. The Avanza’s engine – coded 3SZ-VE – has a cast iron block while the Vios engine has an aluminium block.
The 3SZ-VE engine is a double overhead camshaft DOHC unit, with 4 valves per cylinder and has variable timing, popularly known as VVT-i. It can be configured for transverse or longitudinal installation in the engine bay, depending on whether there is FWD or RWD. In the case of the Avanza 1.5G which has RWD, the engine is mounted longitudinally.
- Toyota Innova
- Suzuki APV – Toyota Avanza Alternative
- Toyota Aygo – Super Minicar
- New Toyota Camry
- Mitsubishi Triton