2017 Toyota Avensis is a formidable family car and a good buy for fleet operators. Since its introduction in 1997, the vehicle has excelled in the market selling thousands of units every month. Its success can be attributed to its excellent mix of reliability, fuel economy and stylish looks while ensuring its safety offering is not compromised.
Though the base model comes adequately packed, customers have the luxury of improving their models from an array of equipment-enhancing packages offered.
2016 Toyota Avensis Exterior
The Avensis exterior had started to look a bit rusty; as such, the refresh comes at a timely period. The Avensis will be offered in sedan and wagon (Touring Sports) body styles. Both vehicles will feature longer and an extended wheelbase.
The vehicle is designed along the automaker’s Under Priority and Keen Look design language. At the front, the model will feature a redesigned upper grille which looks more modern and aggressive. The grille also looks sharper and has Toyota’s logo at its midst. The grille also features a chromed bar which supports a pair of redesigned LED headlights. The headlight housings also accommodate new LED DRLs which all make the front look unique. The lower grille is larger and fog lights have been pushed to the extremes of the front bumper making it appear broader.
The rear is also equipped with LED taillights which make it look more stylish. The Avensis will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels for lower trim models and 18-inch alloys for top trims.
2016 Toyota Avensis Interior
The interior of the Avensis has been refreshed so as to offer more comfort and convenience. Premium fabric will be the standard upholstery material for lower trims and Alcantara leather for upper trims. Due to the increased length and wheelbase, the cabin is more spacious providing more leg room for passengers.
The new instruments panel is divided into two. The upper part features a 4.2-inch multi-informational touch-screen flanked on both sides by a tubed tachometer on one side and a speedometer on the other. The lower part features an 8-inch color touch-screen and the center console which is separated from the transmission tunnel. To complete the cockpit look is a well designed steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara leather and an updated the gear lever.
For safety, Toyota has equipped the new 2016 Toyota Avensis with the Safety Sense system as standard equipment. The base models will feature a grey interior finish and are equipped with cruise control, manual air conditioning, a radio, a CD player with US ports and Bluetooth connectivity. Mid trims feature the new ambient color scheme (Terracotta or white grey), automatic air conditioning, Automatic High Beam headlights and Toyota’s touch multimedia system with a rear camera. It also features customized options for fleet customers including a rear private glass.
The top trim features smart entry, full leather upholstery, Toyota Touch II with GO Plus and a full-map navigation system, power adjustable front seats and a sky-view panoramic sunroof.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the Avensis features a total of five drive-trains comprising of three gasoline engines and two diesel mills.
The first petrol engine is a 1.6 L valvematic unit capable of producing 132 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The second petrol engine is a 1.8 L unit good for 147 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque.
The third and most potent petrol engine is a 2.0 L unit which pumps 153 hp and 133 lb-ft torque. This engine will be mated to a Multi-drive S CVT transmission system.
Switching to diesel engines, the first unit will be a 1.6 L D-4D diesel engine which produces 112 hp and 270 Nm of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.4 seconds and has a 180km/hr top speed. The second diesel engine is a 2.0 L D-D unit that produces 143 hp and 320 Nm of torque. This engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Price and release date
The 2016 Toyota Avensis will be in dealer showrooms anytime now, maybe at your dealer has already arrived. The vehicle will have a starting price of around $ 28,000.