Toyota Avensis

From Toyota press: The new Toyota Avensis made its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, a substantially revised model that builds on the spaciousness, practicality and fuel efficiency of the current, third-generation car. It features a bolder, more refined exterior design and improvements to the finish quality, comfort and NVH in the cabin.

The overall dimensions of the Avensis saloon and tourer remain unchanged, but both have been extensively restyled.

A bolder, more refined frontal treatment displays the new Toyota family ‘face’. A key element in this is a change in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles, with the emphasis now on making the lower grille larger for a more assertive, dynamic look.

The new grille design is flanked by narrower headlamps which emphasise the elegant proportions of the new styling. The headlamps now incorporate daytime running lights.

The lower bumper is sculpted with a strong, protruding centre section that houses a large air intake, focusing attention on the lower half of the vehicle. Together with the crisp detailing of integral foglamp housings at each corner, the design gives Avensis a wider, more purposeful stance and ground-hugging appearance.

At the rear there is new rear bumper, which incorporates a centre guard on saloon models. The combination lamp clusters and foglamps have been redesigned, making them more prominent and improving visibility. A new chrome trim for the licence plate adds a further touch of elegance.

Avensis’s cabin is already notable for its comfort, roominess and practicality. Now it benefits from higher perceived quality across the range, with upgraded upholstery offered in new colours, and the introduction of Toyota Touch and Go Plus, the most advanced yet affordable touch-screen satellite navigation system in the D-segment.

The appearance and feel of the entire dashboard have been improved. The centre console has been redesigned to improve the layout and operability of the switchgear. The central air vents have also be re-shaped and share the same new metal paint finish of the centre console, and the side vents gain a chrome trim.

The tactile quality of frequently handled parts such as the door grips, switchgear and front console all gain higher quality trim. The instrument dial backlighting has been changed for amber to white, and leather has been introduced to cover the rear console box lid.

The front seatbacks have been redesigned to offer better lateral support and comfort, and the upholstery has been upgraded across the range, with new colours available, too.

Making its world debut in new Avensis, Touch and Go Plus adds numerous, additional advanced technology features to Toyota’s touch-screen multimedia system.

It features advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, one-shot destination entry, music search and play, and phone contact search and call. It also incorporates email send and receive, a text-to-speech message readout facility, a calendar and, through a Gracenote database, a ‘Play More Like This’ music function.

The 124bhp 2.0 litre D-4D turbodiesel engine has been extensively revised, with the introduction of a new turbocharger, extensive combustion chamber modifications and improved glow control. As a result, torque delivery is more linear, fuel efficiency has improved and CO2 emissions have been reduced by about 15 per cent - from 139 to 119 g/km - in both saloon and tourer models.

In addition to the revised 124bhp 2.0 D-4D, the new Avensis’ powertrain range further comprises a 148bhp, 2.2 D-4D unit available with either a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) or a Diesel Particulate and NOX Reduction filter (DPNR); a 145bhp 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engine is also available.

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