Toyota's Mondeo rival revealed ahead of Paris debut
10 September 2008

Toyota has revealed the face and cabin of its new Avensis, due to make its public debut at the Paris motor show next month.The firm released a sneak preview of the Mondeo rival's rear end a few days ago, but these are the first images to show its new front end and interior.As expected, the Avensis's nose is slightly less Lexus-like than its tail, which features IS-esque squared-off rear lights and a clearly defined boot shape. Toyota has also issued a profile picture of the estate model, which appears to feature a steeply raked hatch.Due on sale in 2009, the Avensis will continue to be built at Toyota's plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire. The Japanese firm is said to have focused on improving interior quality, adopting Lexus techniques and materials in a bid to lift its saloon up to the standards of the latest Mondeo and Accord, and Vauxhall's forthcoming Insignia.No prices have been confirmed for the new car, but we'd expect an entry price of around £16,000.

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The Toyota Avensis is adequate but generally underwhelming family transport

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10 September 2008

And the 5 litre V8 version will be announced when?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

10 September 2008

Just looks like a rebadged Mondeo....Yawn

10 September 2008

And it's a very ugly face!

10 September 2008

And it suddenly becomes clear why they revealed its backside first!

10 September 2008

10 September 2008

Even a 16 year old Carina E looks better than this lump.

10 September 2008

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And it suddenly becomes clear why they revealed its backside first!

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Oh so true!

I thought it was going to steal Lexus's thunder.

What a pig!

As for the interior : "Toyota don't do car interiors".

Where has all Japanese design went to?

10 September 2008

Come on guys, Toyota doesn't make the Avensis for enthusiasts like us! It will have the typical Toyota values of understatement, reliability and intuitiveness and it will sell, deservedly, by the bucket-load to the Toyota faithful.

Meanwhile, we can go out and buy our AMG (or whatever) and every time we start it up grin that we have the choice to drive whatever we want...

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GD

11 September 2008

Yeah, yeah, I have read all the grumps who think it is a dog. BUT..hey.. let's face it, it's a huge, and I mean HUGE, improvement on the current Avensis.

GB

11 September 2008

In what way does that dashboard look like they have improved it over the old one?

Toyotas from the last 15 years I'd say.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

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