YOGYAKARTA, DIY, 18 May 2012 — The Toyota Avanza is undoubtedly the preferred mode of transportation for the regular man looking for the ideal vehicle to transport his family in comfort, safety and with plenty of storage space. Built to carry up to seven people, safety is a prime consideration. Great value for money, the Avanza has been given a facelift and was launched recently. It’s not hard to see why it’s doing so well.


The first generation Avanza was launched in Indonesia about seven years ago, is Indonesia’s king of small MPVs with a controlling 50 percent market share in the small MPV segment. Since its introduction, the Avanza has successfully stamped its mark as the MPV of choice for those looking to step up from old. This one looks more attractive and more luxurious.


The range topper is called the Avanza Veloz which comes with 1,495cc 4-cylinder engine, 16-valves, VVT-i with maximum power of 104ps at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 13.9kgm at 4,400rpm, and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and the engine has enough grunt to comfortably waft along at full capacity. Besides, this is a car built for space so understandably, the engine has been tuned to provide enough power to pull a full load. Speaking of space, the new Avanza has plenty of tricks up its metal sleeve.


New in the Avanza is the steering system that is the more efficient electrically driven unit (EPS – electric power steering) that helps to reduce fuel consumption compared with the hydraulic steering system in the old model. This should improve fuel economy slightly, as well as lowering maintenance cost by doing away with power steering fluid replacement. The power-assisted rack and pinion steering help in the handling, which lighten up to ease low speed manoeuvring or stiffen to provide maximum control at higher speeds. The Avanza Veloz drives like a car thanks to its short-wheel base.

This Toyota Avanza is the second generation model and we were provided with the Veloz by Nasmoco Mlati in Yogyakarta through PT Toyota Astra Motor, the distributor of Toyota in Indonesia, the global hub for Avanza, where the Avanza is also sold as the Daihatsu Xenia.


Our test drive for the Avanza Veloz was held from Yogyakarta to Tawangmangun down to Surakarta and back to Yogyakarta and the more than 400km drive over three days was surely enough to measure up the performance of the engine and beefy suspension. The test route comprised of both highways as well as smaller country roads with small potholes and loose gravel, allowing us to feel the stability of this vehicle.


With a sportier appearance and improved convenience features, the new Toyota Avanza is set to entice new buyers looking for an affordable compact multi-purpose vehicle with a reputation for solid reliability. In terms of design, the Avanza Veloz gets a bolder and modern appearance. The front end has been bulked up to look more aggressive while the large body makes it look more luxurious and elegant.



While getting bolder grille, wheel arches, bumpers, and head and tail-lights with a three-dimensional appearance, this seven-seater Avanza is also slightly wider and longer which translates into a roomier vehicle. The front end has been revised to incorporate a new grille grafted at the nose. The wheel arches are wider, while the rear combination lamps has a slightly more protruding middle section. Door handles have been changed to the grip type from the lift-up type which is widely used in many popular vehicle models today.


The dashboard featuring a high-quality textured surface, is now repositioned lower to create a more spacious feel for the driver and front passenger. The horizontal dashboard facade is somewhat reminiscent of the Hilux pick-up. It’s got a winning design – simple, well-built and to the point – makes sense why the design team chose to stick to the old formula, albeit some minor differences. The instrument panel now feature a 3D-like meter cluster with silver-painted rings for improved readability. The interior features leather wrap and a darker, more elegant colour scheme. The steering wheel, gear knob, dashboard and parts of the door panel feature dark trimming that lends an air of luxury to the overall presentation of this model. Entertainment sector also became attractive deals with 2DIN head unit that is embedded in the dashboard complete with the application CD, USB and AUX connections. The sound quality can be enjoyed from six speakers whose positions are scattered in the cabin area.


The second row seats are 50:50 split-type and has a one-touch fold-and-tumble feature to make it easier to enter and exit the third row seats. The third row seats can folded down to increase their flexibility and luggage space. The each front door pocket has been redesigned to hold three 600ml bottles while those at the rear doors can store two such bottles each. There’s plenty of nifty storage space to fit the usual odds and ends, mobile phone, CDs, keys and coins. For larger items, the seats can be folded away for additional space to ferry large items.


The second generation Avanza also uses more high-tensile steel in its construction that reduces its weight by some 20kg while maintaining body rigidity. The GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) certified body structure has been designed to minimise head impacts, and the brake pedal separates to prevent injuries to the driver’s feet.


Toyota Avanza Veloz was taken from the word Velocity which literally means speed. Behind the word is implied meaning of a dynamic vehicle that is able to meet consumer needs for speed and also efficient. Thus the narrative. Over the years, Toyota have become perhaps the number One and the most well-known brand in the world.




Engine Type : 3SZ-VE 4-cylinder 16-valves DOHC VVT-I with electronic fuel injection (EFI)

Displacement : 1,495cc

Maximum Power : 104 ps at 6,000rpm

Maximum Torque : 136Nm (13.9Kg-m) at 4,400rpm


Transmission : 4-speed automatic

Steering system : rack & pinion with electronic power steering (EPS)

Suspension : MacPherson Strut with coil spring (front), 4-link coil spring with lateral rod (rear)

Brakes : Ventilated Disc (front), Drum (rear)

Tyres : 185/65 R 15


Length : 4,140mm

Width : 1,660mm

Height : 1,695mm

Wheelbase : 2,655mm

Ground Clearance : 200mm

Foot Distance : 1,425mm (front), 1,435mm (rear)

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