Despite its admirable reliability, the Toyota Avensis has always been a left-field large car choice, when buyers can choose from the sharp-handling Ford Mondeo, the good value Vauxhall Insignia and stylish Mazda 6. However, Toyota has now updated the Avensis saloon and estate, in attempt to win more buyers from rival manufacturers.

Tweaks for the updated car, which is set to appear at the Geneva motor show in early March, include a new range of engines, which the company promises will offer strong performance and economy and more appealing exterior styling than before. Other changes aim to boost both comfort and safety levels.

Prices for the updated Avensis should start at around £18,000.

Though Toyota hasn’t revealed many details about the facelifted Avensis, it is likely that this significant update will include BMW-sourced engines, including the 1.6-litre diesel motor fitted to the Verso MPV. The ageing range of 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0 and 2.2-litre diesel motors are likely to be axed, with the possibility of new turbocharged petrol units being introduced. Since Toyota already offers a range of hybrid models, a petrol-electric Avensis isn’t out of the question either.

On the outside Toyota’s large car will feature new headlights and bumpers and a restyled bonnet, bringing its styling in line with the rest of the Toyota range, while changes under the skin should offer increased levels of comfort and refinement.

Further information about the new Avensis is expected to be announced at the Geneva motor show, with the refreshed models predicted to arrive in UK showrooms in the summer. Prices and specifications are set to be released later this year.

Chris Lloyd


February 16, 2015

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