Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Toyota Sienta

The Toyota Sienta is a compact 3 row 6/7-seater MPV sold in the Japanese domestic market. The word Sienta came from the Spanish word siete which means 7, combined with the English word entertainment. It is powered by the 1NZ-FE 1.5 liter VVT-i engine, producing 110 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, with the option for 4WD. The 2WD version is mated to a CVT transmission.

The compact MPV has a 2,700mm wheelbase, which is longer than the Toyota Avanza’s 2655mm and only 5cm shorter than the Toyota Innova’s 2750mm wheelbase. This should mean the interior space is actually quite decent. The rear uses sliding doors instead of normal doors, and the rear hatch is top-hinged.

This particular car was launched in 2003, and was facelifted in 2006. Following a normal 5 year Japanese model lifecycle, the Sienta should be retired in the JDM market by 2009, and replaced by a new model.

This is just a possibility and should not be taken for fact - considering Toyota’s penchant for efficiency, the Sienta could be recycled and adapted for sale in the ASEAN market, and could be the base for the new MPV being developed for production in Indonesia, as suggested by reader torishimeyakuin.

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