The new Toyota Avensis builds on the spaciousness, practicality and fuel efficiency of the current, third generation model. Driving dynamics have been enhanced, and a revised grade structure offers greater value.
The best-selling variant of the Avensis’ six engine line-up, the 2.0 D-4D turbo diesel, has been revised to deliver significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with a tax threshold set at 120g/km.
There is a choice of two body styles, three diesel and two petrol engines, three transmissions and four model grades. The new Avensis has been specifically tailored to the Irish market.
The Avensis sold 3,368 units in Ireland in 2010, representing a 31.4% segment share.
Though the overall dimensions of the saloon and Tourer remain unchanged, the new Avensis has been extensively restyled to give it a more elegant and athletic appearance.
A bolder, more refined frontal treatment features the distinctive new face of the next generation Toyota family. Key to the new design direction is a change in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles, with the emphasis now placed on enlarging the latter for a more assertive, dynamic look.
Beneath the trademark Avensis ‘clamshell’ bonnet, a new, wider and more powerful grille design is flanked by narrower, more expressive headlamps which emphasise the sleek, elegant proportions of the new styling. The new headlamps now incorporate daytime running lights.
To the rear, the new Avensis features a newly designed rear bumper incorporating a centre guard on saloon models. Both combination lamp clusters and foglamps have been restyled for greater prominence and visibility. And a new, sleeker, chromed license garnish design adds a further touch of elegance.
The 16” wheels feature a new cap design, whilst the 17” alloy wheels have been enhanced with a new, darker colour treatment.
One new exterior colour has been added to the range. The standard red is being replaced by a deep, premium dark red
Within a cabin praised for its comfort, roominess and practicality, the new Avensis benefits from improved quality across the range, upgraded upholstery in a choice of new colours, and the new Toyota Touch multimedia system.
The appearance, touch and feel of the entire dashboard have been improved. The centre console layout has been redesigned to improve the switchgear layout and operability. The central air vents have been redesigned and now share the new metal paint finish of the centre console itself and the side air vents have become chrome trimmed on Strata and Luna grades.
More premium look
The tactile quality and feel of frequently handled parts such as the door trim gripping area, switchgear and the front console all benefit from new, higher quality ornamentation. The driver’s instrument dial backlighting has been changed from amber to white for a more premium look.
The front seatback side support shape has been redesigned for better lateral holding performance and greater comfort, and the seat upholstery upgraded throughout the model range with leather/Alcantara upholstery, available in a choice of beige or black, standard on Luna grade. Seat fabric featured on Terra, Aura and Strata has been upgraded from the current model.
The new Avensis benefits from Toyota’s unique range of affordable, touch-screen multimedia equipment; Toyota Touch, and available as an option is Toyota Touch & Go which features the new navigation system.
The new Avensis model range is available in four grade levels – Terra , Aura, Strata and Luna.
The Terra grade gets daytime running lights. Seat upholstery quality has been upgraded, and the sensory quality of the centre console has been improved with a new, silver upper panel and matt black lower panel paint finish.
USB audio connectivity has been added to the audio system. New chrome trimmed grill complements the standard chrome side window surround and new rear number plate garnish.
The Luna grade is now available on the feature engine, the revised 2.0 D-4D. The Luna grade features a warm nickel upper front console and wood pattern lower console finish, leather bolster seat trim with Alcantara centre portions is standard and available in black or beige.
Leather covered arm rest and door arm rest pads complete the luxury experience. Tilt adjust front headrest and rear and rear side sunshade are fitted to enhance comfort for occupants. Smart Entry system allows the car to be unlocked/locked automatic by simply touching the door handle when the key is in your pocket or bag.
Smart Start with a push button start allows the car to be started with convenience again without removing the key from your pocket or bag.
Five power train options
The new Avensis offer five power train options, three diesel engines and two petrol and offering the performance and economy- enhancing benefits of Toyota Optimal Drive.
Toyota Optimal Drive showcases a combination of wide-ranging advanced technologies and internal improvement programmes designed to optimise the balance of performance and driving enjoyment with fuel economy and low emissions.
These diverse core technologies focus on three key aspects of powertrain development: firstly the reduction of powertrain weight through the use of super-lightweight and highly compact engine components and transmissions; secondly, the minimisation of mechanical losses through the reduction of friction throughout the drivetrain; and, thirdly, the maximisation of combustion efficiency.
The 124 hp 2.0 litre D-4D turbo diesel has been extensively revised. The unit features a new turbocharger, extensive combustion chamber modifications and improved glow control. As a result, torque delivery has become more linear, fuel efficiency has improved and CO2 emissions have been lowered from 139 to only 120 g/km, in saloon and Tourer versions.
In addition to the revised 124hp 2.0 D-4D turbo diesel, the new Avensis’ five powertrain range further comprises a 150hp, 2.2 D-4D with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and a 2.2 D-CAT automatic featuring a Diesel Particulate and NOX Reduction filter (DPNR), and a choice of 132 hp 1.6 litre Valvematic and 147 hp 1.8 litre Valvematic petrol engines.
All manual transmissions are 6-speed. The 150 hp 2.2 D-CAT is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.8 litre Valvematic petrol engine is fitted with Toyota’s Multidrive continuously variable transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shift.
The new Avensis also benefits from enhanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) suppression. Extensive insulation modification, and improved dashboard inner silencer and a new, sound-absorbing carpet helping to deliver a quieter, more refined cabin environment.
The new Avensis shares the world-class safety performance of the previous generation vehicle, which was awarded a maximum, 5-star rating in the 2009 Euro NCAP crash test programme.
All new Avensis versions are fitted, as standard, with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+).