Fri. Dec 13th, 2019

New Models: Toyota SA upgrades flagship Avanza (and tweaks lower-spec cabins)…

Toyota South Africa Motors has upgraded the flagship TX variant in its seven-seater Avanza range, handing the range-topper revised exterior styling.

Interestingly, the lower-spec S and SX grades retain the exterior design and packaging of the outgoing model, although all derivatives now feature push-button (rather than rotary) air-conditioning controls with digital readouts.

In addition, the interior trim has been changed from light grey to dark grey across the range, while front and rear 12-volt points have been fitted as standard.  

Right, back to the TX variant. The range-topper gains revised front and rear bumper designs, new LED headlamps, vertically arranged airdams and new foglamp garnish. A body-coloured accent strip now divides each headlamp and creates a border between the chrome upper and black lower-grille sections.

Furthermore, Toyota has added what it describes as “more aerodynamically shaped” side mirrors to this variant, along with a shark-fin antenna and new turbine-style 15-inch alloy wheels.

Round back, the TX-badged Avanza features a new boot spoiler, revised taillamps and a chrome accent strip. A new deep blue exterior colour (Fervent Blue) is also available.

Mechanically, nothing has changed, which means the 1,3-litre models still offer 70 kW and 121 N.m to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1,5-litre derivatives generate 77 kW and 137 N.m (with the option of a four-speed automatic transmission on the SX model).

All Avanza variants ship standard with a four-service/60 000 km service plan (with intervals of 12 months or 15 000 km) as well as a three-year/100 000 km warranty. Interestingly, pricing is unchanged.

Pricing:
Toyota Avanza 1,3 S: R238 300
Toyota Avanza 1,3 S Panel Van: R244 000
Toyota Avanza 1,3 SX: R256 200
Toyota Avanza 1,5 SX: R263 900
Toyota Avanza 1,5 SX AT: R283 800
Toyota Avanza 1,5 TX: R307 500

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