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Toyota Avanza gets a facelift, to be available on May 14

Pricing stays the same for the three 1.5-liter variants

The Avanza should benefit from all the exterior tweaks in this time of attractive MPVs. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

Toyota Motor Philippines has given its popular compact MPV a welcome cosmetic makeover. At the 15th annual Toyota Road Trek held in Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the Japanese automaker presented the face-lifted Avanza to a group of motoring journalists and excitedly announced that pricing for the top variants would not increase.

The new front design, side-mirror turn signals and alloy wheels are refreshing. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

New on the Avanza are the face, the split-type LED headlamps, the fin-type antenna, the alloy wheels, the rear design, the center cluster, the meter gauges, the digital climate control, the audio system interface and the power outlet for rear passengers. New for the 1.5-liter variants (G and Veloz) are the side mudguards and the side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The rear also gets a welcome redesign. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

Pricing for the new Avanza is as follows:

  • 1.5 Veloz AT – P1,065,000
  • 1.5 G AT – P1,000,000
  • 1.5 G MT – P957,000
  • 1.3 E AT – P907,000
  • 1.3 E MT – P864,000
  • 1.3 J MT – P731,000

Available colors are dark red mica metallic (exclusive for the Veloz), special-edition dark blue (pictured here), black metallic, gray metallic, silver mica metallic, beige metallic and white.

Notice anything new in the cockpit? It’s sportier. PHOTOS BY VERNON B. SARNE

According to TMP, the new Avanza will officially hit Toyota showrooms nationwide on May 14. That’s right after the elections, which is nice because we all need something positive in order to recover from the sordidness of the elections and the pathetic characters we’ve been exposed to in the past few months.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.