Toyota has recently launched a redesigned Sienta to replace the first generation of this subcompact minivan that made its debut back in 2003. Apart from the domestic Japanese market, the Sienta has been available in Singapore, Tanzania and Kenya, while the second-generation model will be the first one sold in Hong Kong. At first glance, the 2016 Toyota Sienta loses the boxy design of its predecessor in favor of a much sportier exterior styling. Not only that, it brings numerous equipment upgrades as well as a hybrid system for the first time.
2016 Toyota Sienta Design
Design-wise, the 2016 Sienta features a radical departure from the box-shaped sheet metal of the previous generation. With its quirky new styling, this MPV strays far from the traditional and somewhat boring design associated with this segment. The new Sienta gets a huge front grille, while both the front and rear bumpers feature extensions that connect them with the light clusters. Expect this model to be offered in eight different exterior colors, with the new Air Yellow as the most striking option. In addition to that, buyers will be able to choose five extra Flex Tones in case they opt for the contrasting front grille, bumpers and mirrors.
2016 Toyota Sienta Side
As for the interior space, it has grown in size compared to the first-generation model. The 2016 Toyota Sienta will be offered in 5-seat (for wheelchair users), 6-seat and 7-seat configurations. It also comes with wider sliding doors as well as larger third-row seats,making the rear row more accessible for adult passengers. The minivan gets a new easy-to-use instrument panel, a 4.2-inch TFT LCD display and a redesigned center console. There will be three interior color options available and orange accents with piano black and satin-plated adornments.
2016 Toyota Sienta Specs and Price
The 2016 Toyota Sienta will be available with a conventional four-cylinder engine and a hybrid system. The regular models will be motivated by a 1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle unit that makes 108 horsepower and 103lb-ft of torque. As for the gas-electric system, it combines the 1.5-liter engine with an electric motor to create a total output of 73 horsepower. While the conventional powertrain returns 4.8 L/100 km (48.4 mpg), the hybrid system is rated at 3.6 L/100 km (63.9 mpg).
The 2016 Toyota Sienta will start at 1,689,709 yen ($13,925).