11 January 2012

2012 Toyota Avanza launched in Malaysia

While the Indonesian market has received the new Toyota Avanza back in last November, Malaysian customer has to wait to two month longer. Now the wait is over, as UMW Toyota has launched the new Avanza today.

The Malaysian market Avanza comes in four variant. The entry level model is 1.3E which costs RM64,590. This version comes with 1.3L engine (91PS,117Nm) paired only to 5 speed manual gearbox. The next model in the line-up is 1.5E, G and S, respectively priced at RM72,590, RM77,290 and RM79,590. The 1.5L engine produced 102PS and 136Nm of power and torque, can paired only to 4 speed automatic transmission.

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For a complete review of the difference in specs between the 1.3L and 1.5L model, together with the rest of technical data, please refer to my previous coverage of the Indonesian launch, as they are identical. Refer to the post HERE .

More update on Malaysian market Toyota Avanza is coming in due course. Now, the only question is, would you choose a local brand with modern monocoque body, with modern turbocharged engine (138bgp/205Nm) driving the wheel via 21st century CVT gearbox, with Lotus influenced suspension tuning, with leather upholstered interior and cost RM79,998 or would you choose a foreign brand with ladder-frame chassis (for layman, it is a lorry like platfrom with two longitudinal beam running underneath along the car), NA 1.5L engine paired to archaic 4 speed auto transmission and has a historic brand name, history and  service excellency? The choice is down to the payer, but for me, staying in history will get me nowhere, instead it is better to make the jump and risky move for an apparent better choice with good chance of getting a good reward for it.

The photo above is from Paultan.

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