The new Toyota Avensis makes 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. Driving dynamics […]

The new Toyota Avensis makes 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. Driving dynamics have been improved and a new grade structure (UK details to  be announced later) will provide even more value for money.

Toyota Avensis

The 2.0-litre D-4D engine has been revised to give significant  improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With a tax  threshold at 120 g/km in almost a third of European countries, the 2.0 D-4D’s  119 g/km will attract generous tax benefits for both private and fleet buyers.

Toyota Avensis Inside

Designed and engineered in Europe  and built exclusively at Toyota’s  Burnaston factory in the UK,  Avensis was launched in 1997 and is now firmly established in the European  D-segment, selling 70,585 units across the region in 2010 to take a 5.8 per  cent segment share.

Toyota Avensis 2011


  • New Toyota design direction
  • Bolder, more dynamic styling
  • Restyled rear for the saloon

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.

The 16-inch steel wheels have new-design covers and the 17-inch Fuji alloys have new  colour and machine facings. The other 17 and 18-inch wheels available for  Avensis gain a new, darker finish treatment.

Toyota Avensis 2011 Interior


  • Improved quality in touch and  appearance
  • Introduction of Toyota touch and Go Plus

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.

Toyota Avensis 2011 New

Multimedia system
New Avensis benefits  from Toyota’s  range of affordable, touch-screen multimedia equipment: Toyota Touch, and the  Toyota Touch and Go and Toyota Touch and Go Plus navigation systems.

Toyota Touch and Go Plus
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.

Enhanced satellite navigation mapping incorporates 3D city modelling  and landmarks, and an additional Traffic Patterns database showing the average  speed on road sections of a programmed route, according to the time, day and  month. The system includes three years’ free map and software updating.

Audio Navigation
Functions Additional    functions Additional    functions Additional    functions
USB    port
6    speakers
6.1”    touch-screen
Rear-view    camera
Automatic    phone book access and audio streaming
iPod    album cover display
Vehicle    settings*
A/C    pop-up display
Full    map navigation
Advanced    multimedia
Speed    and safety camera warning
Online    points of interests search**
(send    and receive)
Contact    picture display***
11    speakers
Traffic    Patterns
3D    landmarks and city models
Email    and Calendar***
‘Play    More Like This’ music search
Advanced    Voice Recognition
Text    to speech
3-year    map and software updates/upgrades

* Vehicle settings  availability varies according to model and grade
** Requires  Bluetooth® DUN or PAN profile, a data  plan and a  network operator allowing  tethering
*** Bluetooth Message Across  Profile required on the mobile phone


  • New specifications and grade  structure
  • Increased level of standard  equipment

Every grade in the new Avensis range will be revised to deliver  greater value for money through higher levels of standard equipment and  quality.

Specific details of UK  grades and equipment will be announced later, but all models will adopt  integral daytime running lights. As detailed in the interior design section  (above), cabin trims and upholstery have been upgraded with new finishes,  designs and colour choices.


  • 2.0 D-4D engine CO2  emissions reduced by 20g/km to 119g/km without compromising performance
  • Lower emissions level attracts  tax benefits in several European countries

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.

This  marked reduction in CO2 emissions  has significant total ownership cost implications. A taxation threshold of  120g/km is established in almost a third of all European countries, and the  revised 2.0 D-4D unit’s 119 g/km CO2 figure will thus deliver tax benefits for both private and fleet  drivers.

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.

All  engines are matched to six-speed manual transmissions. The 148hp 2.2 D-4D DPNR unit may be optionally equipped  with a six-speed automatic transmission, and both 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol  engines may be fitted with Toyota’s  Multidrive S continuously variable transmission with steering wheel mounted  paddle shifts.

New Avensis retains the proven front MacPherson  strut and rear double wishbone suspension layout of its predecessor, but  improvements to the platform, chassis and powertrains deliver greater ride comfort and handling agility.


  • New Avensis equipped to meet  the highest safety standards
  • Advanced safety technologies,  including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

New Avensis shares  the world-class safety performance of the previous generation model, which was  awarded a maximum, five-star rating in the 2009 Euro NCAP crash test programme.

Toyota is committed to achieving  the highest levels of active, passive and pedestrian impact safety, and took  the lead in the development of advanced safety technologies such as pre-crash  safety, lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance systems.

Advanced Pre-Crash  Safety System
An Advanced Pre-Crash  Safety (PCS) system is available  as an option on new Avensis (according to grade). It uses a millimetre-wave  radar sensor to scan the road ahead, recognising potential hazards and  assisting the driver in reducing the chances of a collision.

If there is a high  possibility of a collision, PCS  will alert the driver and, when he or she begins to brake, provide braking  assistance to supplement the braking effort, simultaneously activating the  seatbelt pretensioners. If the driver does not brake and a collision is  inevitable, the system will automatically apply the brakes to reduce impact  speed.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) works in tandem with the PCS system. It will automatically maintain a  selected distance from the vehicle in front. Once the road ahead is clear, the vehicle  automatically returns to its original cruising speed.

Lane Departure Warning  and Lane Keeping Assist
PCS is further  complimented by Lane Departure Warning (LDW)  and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) systems.

Using digital camera  technology mounted behind the rear-view mirror, these systems can help to  prevent unintended lane changes by first giving an audible and visual warning  and then applying corrective steering torque to help the driver remain within a  chosen lane.

Additional Active Safety  Systems
All new Avensis  versions are fitted, as standard, with ABS,  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+).

Adaptive Front Lighting
New Avensis models equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID)  headlamps are fitted with an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). Calculating where the vehicle will be in  three seconds’ time according to steering operation and vehicle speed, the  system swivels the low beam projector headlamps in response to steering input,  helping to light up a bend as the driver steers into it.

AFS is also equipped with a dynamic levelling function, which  automatically maintains a constant beam height. The combination of these two  functions achieves optimum light distribution in all driving conditions.

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Published : Wednesday September 14, 2011

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