The brand's flagship model for Europe benefits from a more powerful and aerodynamic design along with an engine range that boasts increased power and torque as well as reduced CO2 emissions.

Toyota are using the 2008 Paris Motor Show to unveil their all-new third generation Toyota Avensis. The brand's flagship model for Europe benefits from a more powerful and aerodynamic design along with an engine range that boasts increased power and torque as well as reduced CO2 emissions.

The styling which was the work of Toyota’s advanced design studio in the South of France projects a more powerful appearance than the outgoing model with a keen focus on increasing the aerodynamics of the model. The Coefficient of Drag figure comes in at 0.28 for the sedan and 0.29 for the estate body style, it puts it right up there with its rivals falling just short of the Insignia's 0.27 figure.

The length of the model has increased by 50mm over the previous generation bringing total figures for the sedan and estate to 4,695 mm and 4,765 mm respectively, the width has increased by the same figure to 1810mm. Naturally the increased size of the vehicle results in extra interior space for its occupants.

The will be a choice of six engines when the car is launched. The petrol options benefit from a new Valvematic technology that lowers CO2 emissions by up to 26%, they comprise of a 132hp 1.6-liter Valvematic, a 147hp 1.8-liter Valvematic and a 152hp 2.0-liter Valvematic. The four diesel options which have been tuned to emit up to 10% less CO2 emissions than their predecessors range from 126hp to 177hp.

All engines come with a six speed transmission system as standard, however the 2.2 liter diesel engine is also available with a new 6 speed automatic option and the two higher displaced petrol units are available with Toyota's new Multidrive S variable transmission system.

The new model will enter the market in 2009, pricing details will be announced closer to its launch.

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