2013 Toyota Avensis gets new trim levels
Tuesday 19 March 2013
• Toyota Avensis gets new trim designations
• Follow-me-home headlights now standard across the range
• Prices start at £19,155 for the entry-level petrol saloon
Toyota will replace the current T2, TR, T4 and T Spirit names with Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Excel on the Avensis saloon and estate. These are like-for-like replacements, albeit with a few changes.
The Avensis now features ‘follow-me-home’ headlights as standard across the range, which keeps the headlights on for a set period of time after locking the car, supposedly lighting the way to your front door after leaving the car. All cars, apart from the entry-level Active models will also now feature DAB digital radio as standard, while top-spec Excel models also get a brushed silver finish for the centre console.
There will be a choice of 10 exterior colours, with pearlescent ‘Pearl white’ now available for the first time. The range of engines and gearboxes remains unchanged, with a choice of a 1.8-litre petrol engine and 2.0 and 2.2-litre diesels, as well as a 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel option. These channel their power to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or a CVT gearbox.
The new trim levels will go on sale on April 1, with prices running from £19,155 (£260 more than before) for a 1.8 Valvematic petrol-powered saloon in Active trim, up to the £29,895 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel estate in Excel form. This is considerably more than the class-favourite Ford Mondeo and only slightly less than the Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat.
By James Richardson
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