Among many production and concept cars that are making Frankfurt as their debut ground, one of it is the facelifted Toyota Avensis sedan and its wagon variant. In terms of design the refreshed Avensis is given a reworked front fascia whereby there are changes in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles. The headlights are also slimmer and they incorporate daytime running lights.

The rear receives a new bumper along with a revised lamp combo and a new chrome trim for the license plate. There are also new wheel options. The interior benefits from upgraded upholstery with new colours, a redesigned centre console, revised air vents and so on. The instrument dial backlighting has been changed to white, from amber. The Avensis also features Toyota Touch and Go Plus which is a touch-screen satellite navigation system.

This system makes its world debut with the Avensis and has numerous features such as an advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, email send and receive functionality, text-to-speech message readout facility and more. It also comes with a total of 11 speakers.

Work has been carried out under the hood as well. The 124bhp 2.0 litre D-4D turbodiesel unit now comes with a new turbo, modified combustion chamber and improved glow control. This results in the improvement of fuel efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions output. There is also the 148bhp 2.2 litre D-4D turbodiesel offered with either a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) or a Diesel Particulate and NOX Reduction filter (DPNR). Also in the list is a 145bhp 1.8 litre Valvematic gasoline engine.

All engines are mated to a 6-speed manual while the 6-speed automatic is available as an option for the 2.2 litre model. The 2.0 litre and the 1.8 petrol can also be paired with Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT transmission. Other features, where some are optional include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) and Adaptive Front Lighting.

There is also an Advanced Pre-Crash Safety System with a millimetre-wave radar sensor to scan the road ahead and it will recognize potential hazards. It can then alert the driver and subsequently provide additional braking assistance when the driver brakes. It will also activate the seat belt pretensioners. Most interestingly, the system will apply brakes on its own to reduce impact speed if the driver does not hit the brakes for some reason. This is something like Mercedes’ PRE-SAFE feature. Another thing I noticed is that the interior has hints of the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class :)

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