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With its launch scheduled in July 2016, the Toyota Sienta is yet another subcompact MPV for the Indonesian market. Despite the automotive world focusing on the development and marketing of Sports Utility Vehicles and Crossover segment of cars, Indonesian market has a higher demand for minivan type vehicles. The market too, is quite a turbulent one as it is currently plagued by the continually declining prices of the Indonesian Rupiah and the rising fuel prices. This has also led the government to extract a heavy amount of taxation on luxury vehicles and introduction of the environment-friendly and affordable LCGC segment. Nonetheless, the country’s crumbling population has given rise to the need for larger sized vehicles that provide mid-level to luxury comfort with superior fuel economy.
Talking about the vehicle itself, the Sienta was first introduced in 2003 and has now been presented in its second generation avatar for the Indonesian buyers. The latest model features a highly futuristic design, with sliding doors that enable the occupants to get in and out of the vehicle with ease. It features a stylish set of headlamps and a brand new grille that provides the vehicle with a fierce looking front. The fog lamp housing has been placed along the front intake, with black lines that merge with the headlamps, which curve around the wheel arches. We can also see several changes to the overall exteriors as the older box-type design has been scrapped for a sportier body with matte-black garnishing that provides a striking contrast to the body color. The MPV will also be offered with a choice of two engines, one being a 1.3-litre and the other being a 1.5-litre mill. We do not have any specs for the 1.3-litre drivetrain, but the other one has been revealed to be a 1.5-litre VVT-iE engine that is controlled by a CVT automatic transmission and churns out 109 hp with a torque of 136 Nm. The use of computer controlled fuel injection technology has also made the engine extremely fuel efficient along with the automatic transmission that makes it a highly fun to drive vehicle. The new Sienta’s assembly will also take place in the West Java facility, which will produce an initial lot of 25,000 units and only 10% of these are intended for export.
Just like its redesigned exteriors, the Sienta’s interiors too look totally modern and highly attractive. The two tone ivory-white and black interiors provide an immediate feeling of luxury with a decent space for 7-occupants and plenty of head and legroom. The driver and front passenger are greeted with a highly futuristic looking dashboard with a black colored top that contains the AC vents, display console, and the instrument panel. The bottom part is colored in ivory white and contain the cup holders for both driver and front passenger, the gearbox cluster and the glove compartment. The speaker units for the audio console have been neatly placed in black colored housing in the door that carries the design aesthetic to the rear cabins.
Upon its launch, the Toyota Sienta will certainly not be counted amidst an entry level MPV. But with reports of the 1.3-litre mill making its presence, we might get to see an affordable variant that will be more suited to the majority of Indonesian buyers.