By Theodore Opara
WITH more power, spacious interior, improved comfort and fuel efficiency, the all-new Toyota Avanza Multi-Purpose Vehicle, MPV, has been launched into the Nigerian market following the success of its predecessor.
The Avanza was first introduced into the Nigerian market in 2007 and ever since, the vehicle has became a household name among families, and for business activities, especially for school activities, airport shuttle and conveying of goods and people.
The all-new Toyota Avanza has grown bigger in length, width and yet more fuel efficient with intimidating presence. Toyota has given the Avanza the right touches both inside and outside, which has resulted in its class-leading look.
The new Avanza is 20mm longer and 30mm wider than its predecessor while retaining its height and wheelbase.
It also retained its turning radius of 4.7m and ground clearance of 200mm.
The new Avanza now comes in four variants including 1.3 Manual Transmission, 1.3 Automatic Transmission, 1.5 Manual and 1.5 Automatic Transmission as against two specifications of 1.3MT and 1.5AT in the old model.
Also, the fuel efficiency increased in the new models as it can cover 12 kilometres with just one litre of fuel. Apart from improvement in fuel consumption and engine performance, Toyota has enhanced the steering system for more efficient performance.
The steering system has been changed from hydraulic system to electric power type which is more smoother and softer than the former steering system. Also the all-new Avanza owes its ride-comfort and handling stability to improved suspension.
The MacPherson Strut suspension and five link suspension coupled with the Electric Steering System enhance ride- comfort and stability at all speed.
Toyota maintained the seven seat configuration in the new Avanza but with more flexibility, which means that the seats could be adjusted to take more load depending on the need. The three row seating can be adjusted to offer more space for cargo with the compact body.
Apart from improved overall performance of the new Avanza, Toyota did so much in improving the design of the multi purpose vehicle, both externally and internally.
With some slight contours on the side, the Avanza looks more attractive than ever, especially, with the new headlights, rear lights and fog lights.
Inside, the dashboard has been completely redesigned with quality materials and sound system with ipod and CD player. The steering wheel is now multi-functional as the driver can control his sound system without taking his hands off the steering wheel. Also improved is the air conditioning system with more vents to service the passengers on the second and third row seats, while the windows are now powered.