Monday 6 December 2010
The third generation Toyota Avensis (model code T270) was revealed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, before going on sale in January 2009. Like the previous model it is built at Toyota's Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, England.
Toyota ED2 initially designed the Avensis giving it a more sleek and athletic stance. Coefficient of Drag (Cd) figures are 0.28 for the sedan and 0.29 for the wagon body. Other design goals were to create the most comfortable suspension in its class while still offering sporty handling. The Avensis continues to use front McPherson struts and rear double wishbones. Unlike previous Avensis models, there is no five-door hatchback in this line-up.
Major options include bi-xenon HID headlamps, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and adaptive cruise control.
For safety, seven airbags are standard, including two front row side torso airbags, two side curtain airbags for both rows, and a driver’s knee airbag. For rear collisions, active front headrests designed to help reduce whiplash are standard as well as brake lights that flash under emergency braking. Vehicle Stability Control+ (VSC+) applies torque to the steering wheel to aid the driver in steering. A Pre-Collision System (PCS) becomes optional which includes Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).
The Avensis received a five star rating under the latest Euro NCAP ratings scheme with an 81% overall score and a 90% score for adult occupant safety.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 2000 cc
- horsepower: 152 HP
- gearbox: 6+1
- top speed: 210 km/h