2012 Toyota Avensis is a Japanese people's car for the European masses
15 September 2011
Toyota has pulled back the sheets on its 2012 Avensis in Frankfurt, and we're a bit impressed with the shape of this sedan.
The Avensis is essentially Europe's Camry, but under the skin, it's very different, as it actually rides on a platform it shares with the Scion tC. In this case, the new Avensis can be had in either sedan or wagon bodystyles.
Up front, the Avensis gets a revised face that includes a reworked grille and stretched-out headlamps. Under the puffed-up fenders, buyers can opt for either 16-inch steel wheels with covers or 17-inch alloy rollers. Toyota will also offer additional 17 and 18-inch styles featuring a darker finish.
Inside, the cabin of the new Avensis has been updated with the automaker's optional Touch and Go Plus infotainment system. This unit incorporates an 11-speaker audio system, 3D landmarks and city models for the nav system, email, calendar support and advanced voice recognition and audio search capabilities.
The 2012 Toyota Avensis will be offered with a choice between three four-cylinder engines:A 2.0-liter turbodiesel, 2.2-liter diesel or a 1.8-liter gasoline powerplant. All three come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but the 2.2-liter diesel has the option of a six-speed automatic while the other two can be equipped with a CVT.