The Tanaka AA Platform - 7th Generation Aventis and 1st Generation Ascent (2015-Present)
The all-new 7th Generation Tanaka Aventis
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 B shown
The 7th Generation Aventis was introduced in 2015 to replace the outgoing generation. The engine is a brand new unit for 2015, the J-Series. The 2.2 litre direct injection version of J-Series was used in the 3rd generation Tanaka Atlantis revealed in 2019. For the Aventis, a 2 litre Multi-Point Fuel Injection version is used. To reduce complexity and cost. The design is also new. It is now more aggressive to attract younger customers. But also modern at the same time to keep it from looking dated.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 B, the base model. It has steel rims with a hudcap on it. The interior is standard with a basic infotainment system. It can do 40.2mpg. The transmission is a 7-speed advanced automatic.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 G, the mid-level trim. The bumper is slightly different as it has fog lights. The rims are now alloy. The interior is now standard with a standard infotainment system. It can do 39.2mpg.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 TR shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 S, the sportier model of the G. Changes include wider medium compound tires, 18-inch alloy rims, lower ride height, sportier suspension setting, more powerful engine (J20MPEFI-C1 EarthBoost producing 204HP), a ducktail spoiler on the trunk and a new front bumper. The brake calipers are now red. AWD is now standard on the S and TR version. The transmission is a 6-speed manual, making it a driver’s car. It can do 0-60mph in 7.62 seconds. It can also do 1.01g.
This is the ultimate version of the Aventis, the 2.0 TR, which was introduced in 2017. Tuned by Tanabe Racing, the TR is now lighter than the 2.0 S thanks to 18-inch magnesium rims and a now standard 10s safety. The hood now has a vent to allow the engine to breathe even more. There is a rear-wing to produce downforce. There is also a lip at the front bumper. There is also a rear diffuser at the rear bumper. The J-Series engine (this version: J20MPEFI-D1 EarthBoost) is now pushed to 304HP and it now revs up to 8200RPM. The tires are switched to sports compund and are also now wider to give as much grip as possible. Combined with the lower ride height and a sportier suspension setting, the 2.0 TR can do 1.16g. The differential is now a mechanical LSD instead of the viscous LSD’s used in other trim levels. It can now accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.47 seconds. The steering is now switched to the traditional variable hydraulic system to allow drivers to communicate with the drivers. Launch control is also now available in the 2.0 TR.
Since 2015, 500000 units of the 7th generation Aventis has been sold worldwide. The Tanaka Aventis has always been Tanaka’s best-selling model and this one is no different. It has outsold the previous generation Aventis in the first year and has been going great ever since.
The brand-new Tanaka Ascent
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown, tow hitch is part of the optional towing package.
Tanaka has been watching the markets carefully and found out that crossovers are getting more popular. So they decided that the platform that the 7th generation Aventis is perfect for a crossover. However, they didn’t want to make a hatchback. So instead, they turned it to a crosswagon. The Ascent is introduced at the same time as the Aventis. The design is mostly the same with a more rugged look.
The Ascent is available with AWD as standard. The engine is the J20MPEFI-C1 unit, the same as the Aventis 2.0 S. The ride height is increased. Other than that, it is basically the same car as the Aventis. It can do 34.2mpg. The 2.0 G is the only trim level.
A black Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G towing a full-interior trailer.
In terms of sales number in North America, the Ascent has slighly more than the Aventis. This car is mostly used by moms for grocery-getting and by families for road-tripping. But occasionally, the Ascent is used by off-roaders to climb up the mountains and to tow things.