UAE – Toyota Avanza MPV launched at AED 54,900

Posted on: Jul 3, 2014 - 3:57pm IST

The Toyota Avanza compact MPV which is immensely popular in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Philippines, has been launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Toyota Avanza press image front three quarter
The Toyota Avanza will cater to the entry level MPV market.

The 7-seat MPV which slots below the Innova in Toyota’s global portfolio targets the UAE’s budget conscious families that are looking to upgrade from a small sedan. The car will be sold through Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota Vehicles in the region and has no direct competitors from recognized brands operating in the UAE.

The Avanza is 4.14 m long, 1.66 m wide and 1.69 m tall. The MPV is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol motor which generates 102 hp and 127.4 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of equipment, the UAE-spec Avanza comes with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, dual blower AC and sliding second row seats. The MPV is fitted with low rolling resistance tyres to improve the fuel economy.

Toyota Avanza Luxury rear
The 7-seat MPV is made in Indonesia and is the best selling car there.

The Toyota Avanza is priced at AED 54,900 (around INR 8.92 lakhs) and is available in six exterior color options –  silver, gray, dark steel, light blue, beige metallic and white. According to Al-Futtaim Motors, the MPV segment in the UAE grew by 28% in 2013, and the Avanza would take care of the entry level market.

Given that the Toyota Avanza is being manufactured only at Daihatsu’s Indonesian plant, the UAE-spec car is imported from the Southeast Asian nation.

Even though the compact MPV market in India is lucrative (the Honda Mobilio is the next entrant of the segment), Toyota Kirloskar Motor has often cited the unavailability of a diesel option and the region-specific character of the Avanza as deterrents for its local launch. Moreover, the performance of its premium MPV, the Innova, has been excellent with an average sale of 4,452 units per month from Jan-May 2014.

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7 thoughts on “UAE – Toyota Avanza MPV launched at AED 54,900

  1. kapil says:

    a must launch vehicle in india to fill the gap from etios to innova , mobilio is exceptional as all do not prefer everything abot mobilio.

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  2. Ashok says:

    A compact MPV with Automatic Transmission and competitive pricing can perform well in our market, especially when its from the house of Toyota

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  3. Shahzad Butt says:

    Toyota Avanza is the best 7 seater car. It is fuel efficient, cheaper in price, spacious seating area, full option and best in shape.

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  4. sandeep says:

    region-spec character is not a problem if the car comes here it would be liked by the people and not having a Diesel is also not a problem they can plonk in the 1.4 from the Etios and finetune it they can also take from the Corolla for the mid & high end versions so thats also not a problem so whats the reason for not launching it here?? i’m sure if it is launched here at a starting price of 6-7 lacs it could easily sell 6,500-8,000 units a month

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    1. guru g says:

      It makes sense not to launch it in India.

      Majoirty of MPV buyers in India are averse to petrol engine.

      If it costs 9 lakhs in UAE, it would probably cost the same in India too due to the various high taxes. Hence forget about any commercially viable volumes at this price.

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      1. sandeep says:

        i can understand your thinking but i do not agree nd if you read carefully i said they can put in the 1.4 diesel from the Etios because launching only Petrol would not sale as you said but also the costs here are cheaper than the UAE due localizing etc and also the car gets exported from Indonesia to the UAE & also the Innova costs 84,900 dirhams there so nearly 14 lacs , in India we also doesn’t pay 14 lacs for the base version? so i think Toyota easily can launch the Avanze here

    2. guru g says:

      Dear Sandeepji,

      Some worhty points there you made. Thanks.

      Probably the costs to engineer the diesel engine + gearbox combo in the Avanza cold be prohibitive to make the final pricing competitive.

      Sure localisation may help in prices, but it also involves large investments.

      Anyways, let Toyota figure their way around. Probably India may get the next gen Avanza ;-).

      GG

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