A report says the new Toyota Avanza 2021 will switch to a less sophisticated and cheaper front-wheel drive than rear-wheel drive, and the RWD configuration will be phased out. However, the reality is not necessarily so.
According to OtoDriver, the new generation Daihatsu Xenia – the more affordable version of the Toyota Avanza – will retain the same rear-wheel drive configuration, so it is likely that the same will happen with the new Toyota Avanza 2021.
This information is quite reasonable, because RWD is the feature that helped the Avanza / Xenia duo win the leading position in the Indonesian market. Rear-wheel drive configuration is considered suitable for countries with extreme road conditions such as Indonesia.
On the other hand, Daihatsu (under Toyota) is currently working with Malaysian manufacturer Perodua to develop a new MPV based on DNGA platform, streamlining the low-cost MPV model Avanza and Alza into a single model. The DNGA platform is the front-wheel drive platform, so the next Avanza will have an all-new FWD configuration.
Many reports suggest that Toyota and Daihatsu will jointly launch a new generation Avanza / Xenia in November next year.
Many reports suggest that Toyota and Daihatsu will jointly launch a new generation Avanza / Xenia in November next year. From the aforementioned logic, it is likely that the next generation Perodua Alza will be introduced at the same time. Powertrain options for the new generation Toyota Avanza are likely to include mild-hybrid engines, and a 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine. The new generation Toyota Avanza is likely to include mild-hybrid engines, and a turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol engine.