History and 2016 Toyota Avensis Overview
First model of this famous European family sedan was released in 1997. It is sold only in Europe and Japan and it is assembled in the biggest Toyota assembling plant in Europe, Derbyshire plant in United Kingdom. First model was much smaller than the versions we know today and later this vehicle grow in size to become compatible to other mid-size family sedans like Ford Taurus, or Mondeo how they call it in Europe, Opel Insignia, Skoda Superb and Citroen C5. Current model is a third generation vehicle, with the first one coming out for the 2009 model year and being promoted on 2008 Paris Motor Show. Each new generation vehicle is promoted in France, since most of the interior and exterior design comes from Toyota’s French design studios.
Recently number of spy photos of 2016 Toyota Avensis came out, which are the first photos of this future model. It is the first time this vehicle was tested on the regular road and it came out with bunch of black and white camouflage, so it was hard to notice any updates in exterior styling. We noticed that the new vehicle comes with improved grille design, which now looks much more prominent and powerful. Hood is also little bit longer and much more sculpted in the new model.
We don’t have too many information when it comes to this vehicle’s interior design. We hope that Toyota will keep the current design, without some of the solutions for control knobs that really don’t fit with the overall interior look of the current model. Another thing that might change for 2016 model year are the seats, at least the one in the front row, since they really lack support during longer rides and can’t be compared with the driver and passenger seats in some of the rival models.
We think that the 2016 Toyota Avensis will come with the same pair of engines. They might get minor power and fuel efficiency boost. Especially the 1,8 liter petrol four cylinder engine that lacks some more power and acceleration. 2,0 liter diesel comes with one of the best accelerations in the whole class, with 8,6 seconds score for reaching 60 mph. Than is better than both Opel Insignia and Citroen C5. Diesel engine can be combined with manual or five speed automatic transmission in the current model, and for 2016 model year the automatic version might be replaced.