The Toyota Avanza began life as a mini Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) that was designed by Daihatsu. Toyota is Daihatsu’s parent company and the vehicle is also sold under the brand name Daihatsu Xenia in certain markets, Daihatsu makes the Avanza for Toyota under an OEM agreement.
Equally comfortable on rural road conditions as it is on the urban tarmac, the Avanza offers five door access and can comfortably seat seven people (two in the front row, three in the middle and two in the third row of seats). For 2016, the vehicle comes in two variants, the standard and the more up-market XL. Let’s take a look at these two offerings from one of the most reputed manufacturers in Saudi Arabia, before checking out the Avanza price list.
The Two Variants Compared
Both models come with a four-cylinder 1.5 liter engine that puts out 103 ps at 4,400 rpm. This translates into a generous torque figure of 136 Nm at 4,400 rpm. What is different between the two variants is the fuel consumption figures with the standard model, offering a negligible kilometer more than the XL version. This is undoubtedly caused by the 4-speed automatic transmission that comes with the XL, but is an option on the standard model. Both versions are rear wheel drive and come with power steering.
The XL sports 15-inch diameter alloys instead of the standard’s 14-inch steel wheels. Other exterior differences include a chrome grill on the front and chrome trimmings on the back door and a rear window wiper. The XL also comes equipped with OEM rear sensors and a front fog lamp, all the features that make it totally worth the numbers you see on the Avanza price list.
The luxury version also has a multi-information display and has a 6-speaker CD player and radio, instead of 4 speakers in the standard. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel in the luxury version.
While the vehicle has competition from rivals in the Saudi Arabian motor vehicle market, it stands out as it is made in Indonesia. It has gained an equitable response from the market when compared to US-made vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia, as reported on the Indonesian news website Tempo.co.
Meanwhile, in other news, Autoblog reported that Toyota and Daihatsu have inked an agreement to make Daihatsu a completely owned subsidiary of Toyota. The reason behind this agreement is to develop a strategy to introduce jointly-manufactured small cars by combining and sharing technology and using the other firm’s operations base in emerging markets of the world.