The Perodua Alza made its debut here in Malaysia yesterday, to much fanfare on the internet. Not to be outdone, though, UMW Toyota Motor has released a number of photos for its upcoming Veloz (sister car to the Alza and Avanza), showcasing some of its more “premium-grade” equipment in an attempt to steal a bit of the thunder.
To be fair, the Toyota Veloz will not be competing directly against the Perodua Alza, as it’s estimated to be priced around RM95,000 for the sole variant here in Malaysia, while the latter tops out at RM75,500. But still, it’s a massive power move to release the images on the same day, and we’re here for it.
Firstly, you definitely won’t be mistaking the Veloz for the Alza from the outside, as the Toyota MPV will get a two-tone paint job, thanks to the blacked-out roof, pillars, and wing mirrors. There’s also a set of roof rails on the Veloz, a feature which the Alza lacks.
The Toyota Veloz also gets a unique front end that’s arguably more high-end looking, thanks to its slightly more angular headlights conjoined by a slim chrome strip, large hexagonal grille, and additional chrome detailing on the bumper’s fog light housings.
Round the back, the Toyota Veloz also differentiates itself with the full-width light bar design taillights, and the skid plate-like elements on the bumper to give it a more SUV-like appearance. And to round things off, the Veloz also gets a larger set of 17-inch alloys, to better fill in the (slightly different-looking) wheel arches of the MPV.
The two models are a lot more similar on the inside, as they both build upon the same horizontal dashboard architecture with a two-tone design. There are still some discernable differences between the two, however, with the obvious ones being the less angular central air vents, silver trim details, as well as the white inserts on the dashboard and door cards, all to give it a more “upmarket” appearance.
The nine-inch touchscreen infotainment display also seems to be a completely different unit (with wired Apple CarPlay support), sporting a wider aspect ratio than the one on the Alza. Further down, the air conditioning controls are also different, with a wider twin-knob design to better fill in the space on the plastic panel.
More notably, there’s also an additional wireless charging pad for your mobile phones, located behind the electronic parking brake lever on the centre console of the Toyota Veloz. The seven-inch digital instrument cluster seem to be identical to the Alza’s, however.
Despite the differences in equipment, the powertrain underneath the bonnet will most likely be the same, or at least very similar between the two. We’re expecting to see the same 2NR-VE 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four here, with drive sent to the front wheels via a D-CVT (or automatic?) gearbox.
No exact performance figures have been released yet, but the same mill in the Alza makes 105 hp and 138 Nm of torque. At least, we probably won’t have to wait too much longer to find out, as UMW Toyota has already begun order taking for the 2022 Veloz.