We video test the Toyota Aurion
Toyota has re-designed the face of its bigger models – the Camry, the Aurion and the Avensis – to bring them into line with smaller Toyotas such as the Corolla and the Yaris, while at the same time upgrading the interiors and improving on ride quality, handling and refinement.
In our latest video report, Damien O’Carroll takes a long hard look at the sporting Aurion, with its rumbustious 3.5-litre V6 engine.
Toyota’s premier grand touring V6 sedan benefits from a host of upgrades, beginning with improved exterior design elements including a new grille, while sports-themed Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 feature a modern makeover to their lower rear bumper design. The rear spoiler design for both Sportivo grades has also been updated for a more advanced appearance.
There are new alloy wheel designs for every model in the range, while exterior colour options increase for the Aurion line-up too.
All models benefit from a comprehensive feature list which includes Bluetooth and a reversing camera, plus reversing sensors, and voice recognition, as well as an array of safety features for a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, while top models get an eight-inch touchscreen with sat-nav.
The AT-X now joins Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 models in receiving smart keyless entry and start technology, while the fabric trim within the AT-X cabin has also been upgraded. The two Sportivo editions now feature a premium rear powered window shade to help keep rear seat passengers cooler during summer driving.
The Aurion range is powered by Toyota’s proven 3.5-litre six cylinder, dual VVT-i petrol engine, featuring maximum power of 200kW and 336Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift for greater flexibility is augmented in Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 grades by paddle shifters for an even more involving driving experience. For more information including latest pricing, go to www.toyota.co.nz/the-new-2016-avensis-and-aurion.
John Oxley, managing editor Company Vehicle.