Heavily revamped Toyota Avensis represents the most comprehensive facelift the company has ever carried out
14 May 2015

The 2015 version of the Toyota Avensis has received the most comprehensive facelift of any of the company's models yet. The updated model goes on sale in the UK this summer.

A spokesman confirmed that the company has invested more in this model year change than in any other mid-life facelift. The previous biggest investment was in the 2014 change to the Toyota Yaris.

The revised Avensis comes with a refreshed interior and a reworked chassis, along with changes to the exterior. The car made its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The front end is brought into line with the rest of the restyled Toyota range, with new LED headlights, front bumper and bonnet and a chrome bar running across the front. The rear also gets new LED headlights, while the car has been stretched overall by 40mm.

There are also changes to the Avensis's chassis to improve ride and handling, while insulation levels have been upped to lower the amount of noise and vibration comes into the cabin.

There are also two new diesel engines that are added to the range, with a new 1.6-litre D-4D and a 2.0-litre D-4D.

The new 1.6-litre, which replaces the older 2.0-litre diesel and has been sourced from BMW, and is 20kg lighter than the old unit. It gets from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds and has a 112mph top speed. CO2 emissions are 108g/km, while fuel economy is 68.9mpg. The new 2.0-litre diesel has an average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2.

The new 2.0-litre diesel, which replaces the current 2.2-litre option and has also been supplied from BMW, produces 141bhp and 236lb ft. With this engine, the Avensis can get to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, while CO2 emissions stand at 119g/km.

The petrol engines have also been tweaked, with reductions in CO2 emissions ranging from 8g/km to 19g/km. In particular, the Avensis' current 1.8-litre engine is now Euro 6 compliant.

Toyota has not yet revealed the full UK specification, but says it will come with a 'clearly differentiated grade structure' that will appeal to both private and company buyers.

The Avensis is available in Active, Business Edition, Business Edition+ and Excel specifications, with Toyota's 'safety sense' suite of active safety technology coming as standard.

Prices for the facelifted Avensis start at £17,765 for an entry-level model, rising to £28,440 for a top-spec version in Sports Tourer guise.

The Avensis was styled by the company's design team in the south of France and will be built at Toyota's UK plant at Burnaston, near Derby.

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15 February 2015

Slapping a widened version of the nose of the equally boring Auris, on the nose of the Avensis, is not going to convince everyone that it has, suddenly, become more dynamic and thrusting than a rusty saucepan.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

16 February 2015

Exciting!
Amazing!
Revolutionary!

That design team in the south of France? Fire them all, every last one of them.

That said, they should be fired after the Lexus design team is fired, else those guys might take over. In which case every Toyota would get styled like a pig with lipstick: desperate for attention, any attention.

16 February 2015

To be fair to the designers with this facelift, it was never going to be transformed into a beauty, even if the great Sergio Pininfarina had been recruited from the grave to perform the task personally. In fact, I can imagine how the teams hearts sank when they got told they had to undertake the job.

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16 February 2015

HaHa, very good Grunt!
Quite agree on Toyota/Lexus 'styling', clueless!

16 February 2015

Aaah, to work in a major car manufacturer design team in the South of France. Life must be so tough for some people.

16 February 2015

I'm surprised at some of the comments on this thread.

If this had been an Audi facelift, people would've lauded it as a new 'Design Language' or other such nonsense.

It is an attractive, slightly conservative fleet saloon. The BMW diesel engines will appeal to the fleets.

Whats more, it is a UK built saloon car.

16 February 2015
sirwiggum wrote:

I'm surprised at some of the comments on this thread.

Don't listen to anyone on here, just watch Joe Public queuing outside his Toyota dealership to secure an order before the waiting list gets too long.
When's the last time you saw a new Avensis? Come to think of it' when's the last time you saw a new Toyota that wasn't an Aygo? Even old men in hats have abandoned the brand.

16 February 2015

Toyota really needs a new styling department. This thing is a mess.

16 February 2015

Can't remember the last time I saw an Avensis. Didn't think anyone was still buying it. Why would you?

16 February 2015

I'm not interested in buying any car from this segment but I don't think this looks any better or worse than any other car in the class with the exception of the Mazda6 which I think looks really good, this a avensis looks ok to me.

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