Indonesia is a hotbed for small and affordable MPVs. Now, at the 2016 Indonesian International Motor Show, Toyota decided to debut their newest compact MPV, the Toyota Sienta.
Introduced for the first time to the South East Asian market, this new compact MPV comes in four trims (E,G,V, and Q) and will be sold alongside the popular Toyota Avanza model in Indonesia. Judging from its front fascia, the Sienta remains consistent with Toyota’s current design language. Sliding doors are standard across all Sienta variants, making it probably the most exciting looking compact MPV in the country.
Moving the Sienta is a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i 2NR-FE engine that makes 105 hp and 143 Nm of torque. If that rings a bell, that’s because it’s the similar engine plucked from the Avanza and the updated Vios. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain that is offered for the Japanese market is absent for Indonesia.
Equipment list depends on the variants, but we’re happy to report that the range-topping Q variant gets LED headlights, 4.2-inch central console, digital air conditioning, electric sliding doors and keyless entry with push start button. Active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) are also only available in the Q, but will miss out on Pre-Collision System (PCS) braking, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) which are available for the Japanese variant.
The Sienta is assembled at Toyota’s new plant in Karawang with pricing beginning from Rp230 million (approx RM69,000) for the base E to Rp280 million (approx RM84,000) for the Q variant. There’s a good chance that the Indonesia assembled Sienta might make its way to Malaysia, but not anytime soon we suppose. Earlier this year, UMW Toyota confirmed that the new Hilux, Alphard, and Vellfire models will be introduced this year.