The much-anticipated mini-MPV from Daihatsu and Toyota finally revealed in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (August 2nd). After the unofficial pictures and spy photos has been spread online, the Japanese automakers officially announced its latest MPV to the public. Daihatsu named it ‘Sigra’ which is taken from Sanskrit language and means ‘quick to respond’. Meanwhile Toyota choose ‘Calya’ which means ‘perfect’.
2017 Daihatsu Sigra and 2017 Toyota Calya are LCGC MPV 7-seater that is ready to compete with Datsun Go Panca+. Overall, the twin has similar design and you have to see it carefully to find what the difference between them. Up front, Daihatsu Sigra has a chromed-trapezoidal grille. Below the grille there are fog lights that’s placed horizontally. And Toyota Calya comes up with A-shaped front fascia. Another difference is fog lights which is placed vertically. Its headlights has same design. And at the rear, there’s no difference between both MPV. The taillights looks good but the reflector lights which is placed next to it causing Sigra and Calya looks weird.
Inside, both of MPV have 5+2 configuration. It means that the third-row only be able to accommodate 2 people. From an official picture, I see that the third-row of Sigra and Calya are wider than Datsun Go Panca+. I hope that’s not a fake picture and it means that two adults can sit there comfortably during the trip. Moreover, the carmakers add Rear Air Circulator to increase comfort value.
Under the hood, Daihatsu offers two engine choices. There are 1,0 liter 3-cylinder Dual-VVTi that is mated to 5-speed manual transmission, and 1.2 liter 4-cylinder Dual-VVTi which is mated to 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic gearbox. And Toyota only offers one engine, 1.2 liter 4-cylinder dual-VVTi.
2017 Daihatsu Sigra and 2017 Toyota Calya will make its world debut at 2016 Gaikindo International Auto Show (GIIAS) this August and will go on sale later this year. How about its price? Daihatsu Sigra starts from around $9,900 to $ 14,500 and Toyota Calya starts from $12,500 to $ 15,000.
Text: Andhika Pradityo