Trendy ar­rives

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LAUNCH - - JAY WONG

UMW Toy­ota Mo­tor has in­tro­duced the stylish seven- seater Sienta multi- pur­pose ve­hi­cle ( MPV) in two vari­ants with prices start­ing from RM92,900.

The Sienta ar­rives in com­pletely built- up form di­rectly from Toy­ota’s assem­bly fa­cil­ity in In­done­sia and is priced on- the- road with GST and in­sur­ance at RM92,900 for the en­try- level 1.5G and RM99,900 for the 1.5V range- top­per.

It comes with a five- year war­ranty with un­lim­ited mileage and six colour choices of Orange Metal­lic, Su­per White II, Sil­ver Metal­lic, Grey Metal­lic, At­ti­tude Black Mica and Quartz Brown Metal­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp Sienta project chief engi­neer Hiroshi Kayukawa, the Sienta, which he says com­petes against the Honda Freed, is based on a mod­i­fied Vios plat­form.

The Sienta’s ground- clear­ance was ad­justed from its orig­i­nal Ja­panese do­mes­tic mar­ket spec­i­fi­ca­tions to 20mm higher at 180mm to help it clear Malaysian speed bumps.

At 4,235mm- long, the Sienta has a wheel­base of 2,750mm and is 1,695mm- tall as well as 1,695mm- wide ( without mir­rors) and was de­signed with safety in mind to achieve a five- star Asean NCAP rat­ing.

Strong high- ten­sile steel has been used to strengthen the ve­hi­cle’s struc­ture and the rear slid­ing doors have been equipped with re­in­forced bars.

A 42- litre fuel tank, feeds the front- mounted nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.5- litre ( 1,496cc) 2NR- FE en­gine, with dual over­head camshafts and dual VVT- i for valve- lift.

Kayukawa says that this is the same en­gine found in the cur­rent Avanza, only it now has 2hp and 4Nm more, up­ping the per­for­mance to 106hp at 6,000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 4,200rpm.

“We have tuned the Sienta’s en­gine for more power as driv­ers in the Asean re­gion pre­ferred cars with bet­ter ac­cel­er­a­tion,” he said.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion ( CVT) with seven vir­tual gears to help pro­vide a sporty drive.

As stan­dard, the Sienta comes with an elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem, front and rear disc brakes, MacPherson struts ( front) and tor­sion beam ( rear) with sta­biliser bars, LED day­time run­ning lights, rear fog lamps, rear wiper and door vi­sors.

In­side, the cabin’s stan­dard fea­tures in­clude pow­ered win­dows with driver auto- up/ down and an­tip­inch func­tion, sec­ond row 50: 50 split seats with one- touch tum­ble, third row 50: 50 split fold- flush seats, rear air con­di­tion­ing vents and a six- speaker sound sys­tem.

As for stan­dard safety fea­tures, there are three airbags, anti- lock brak­ing sys­tem, elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion, brake as­sist, ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol, trac­tion con­trol, hill- start as­sist, re­verse sen­sors and ISOFIX an­chor points.

The en­try- level 1.5G has 15- inch al­loy wheels, au­to­matic halo­gen head­lights, sin­gle left side power- slid­ing door ( right- side is man­ual) and 2DIN player with CD/ ra­dio/ MP3 play­back, AUX- jack, USB port and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

The range- top­ping 1.5V gets 16- inch al­loy wheels, au­to­matic Bi- LED pro­jec­tors head­lamps with auto- lev­el­ling, dual side power- slid­ing doors, LED light guide po­si­tion lamps, Op­titron in­stru­ment clus­ter, colour TFT dis­play, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol and a 6.8- inch touch­screen player with ra­dio/ MP3 play­back, voice recog­ni­tion, AUX- jack, USB port and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

“The all- new Sienta has been de­vel­oped for ur­ban fam­i­lies who seek pre­mium value and also want a trendy car with a unique de­sign rather than a plain ‘ peo­ple- car­rier’. The ap­pear­ance of the model is in­deed some­thing quite dif­fer­ent from the usual MPV”, said UMW Toy­ota Mo­tor pres­i­dent Datuk Is­met Suki.

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