A return of the Starlet as Toyota Kenya introduces the model into the country

Kenya’s leading motor vehicle distributor, Toyota Kenya, today launched the all-new multi-utility hatchback model, Toyota Starlet. The model, which was discontinued in the 90’s will start selling at Kshs. 1,980,000. The Toyota Starlet brings everything you would expect from a compact hatchback: an ideal size to drive everywhere with agility.

The 1.4-litre petrol engine (K14B) delivers both power with and low fuel consumption. The launch comes at a time when the demand for the popular 1000cc to 1600cc vehicle is on the rise with many people looking for affordable and convenient vehicles for everyday use. Speaking at the unveiling of the stylish and ergonomically designed Starlet, Toyota Kenya Managing Director Arvinder Reel acclaimed the multi-purpose vehicle as a comfortable, reliable, and safe solution for customers looking for high-economy vehicles with exceptional drivability.

“The desire to drive around in an economical car with family and friends has pushed customers to look for spacious, comfortable, and easy to drive models as they seek to make the most out of their precious moments. The all-new Toyota Starlet delivers on this and also has elegant curves and controls that add taste to our customers’ daily errands. It is built to make you feel like a star,” said Mr. Reel.

The newly launched Toyota Starlet was designed with the young motor
enthusiasts and families. It measures 3 995 mm long, with a width of 1 745 mm
and a wheelbase of 2 520 mm. The interior features ample headroom and

legroom with a beautifully vivid instrument cluster with a center Multi-
Information Display (MID). The steering wheel has also been equipped with

multifunctional buttons for cruise control. Better yet, the rear seats are
foldable to create more room for packing or carrying things that could not fit
in the back seat or boot.
It has a fuel-efficient petrol engine with a power output pegged at
68kW/6000 rpm with 130Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. It also has an exterior that
follows a classic hatchback profile, with a short, downward-sloping nose and
rounded-off rear hatch. The new exterior is specifically designed to be
elegant with a strong personality that differentiates it from other vehicles.

The new Starlet comes with the latest technological features such as the
smart-entry push button, a reverse-view camera with parking sensors, and a
touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
compatibility. It also offers Bluetooth hands-free telephony and audio
streaming functions, all of which are linked to strategically placed buttons on
the steering wheel enable you to easily answer and end calls without letting
go of the wheel.

The spec level has also been amped by the digital speedometer with color
MID, leather steering wheel with telescopic adjustment, climate control, and
push-start operation.

“Those who buy the new Toyota Starlet will have the advantage of enjoying
Toyota’s quality service and low maintenance cost from Toyota’s dedicated
and fully-fledged spare-parts and after-sales facilities which offer exemplary
service. With Toyota’s expanded network that has 31 outlets of branches and
dealers across the country and customer service technicians who are
professionally trained, the new Toyota Starlet owners should look forward to
accessible and efficient first-class service,” concluded Mr. Reel.

All the Starlet models come with a 3 year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty.