2015 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: 2015 Toyota Avensis image

The world’s largest automaker and Japan’s biggest, Toyota Motor, chose the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show to introduce the updated Avensis family for the 2015 model year.

The facelifted Avensis features refrained styling tweaks designed to render a more upscale look to the midsize family model, coming up with LED headlights & taillights, body accents featuring chrome finishes and mildly restyled bumpers front and back. There are all new 17 and 18 inch alloy wheel designs and the overall length of the model has gained some 40 millimeters. The interior features an updated steering wheel with satin chrome accents also for the gear lever. There’s a fresh instrument display with separated tachometer and speedometer dials that have a 4.2-inch color display wedged in between.

As far as powertrains are concerned, the older 2.0-liter D-4D has been axed in favor of a fresh 1.6 D-4D that delivers 110 bhp (82 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft): the Avensis has a 0-100 km/h time of 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 12 mph (180 km/h). The Euro 6 engine is 20 kg lighter than the outgoing variant and has a combined mileage rating of 57.3 mpg – 4.1 liters/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 108 g/km. There’s also a higher powered and newly developed 2.0-liter D-4D (not a typo, different from the old engine) that churns out 141 bhp (105 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) in the 1,750 – 2,500 rpm range. The 0-100 km/h run is dealt with in 9.5 seconds and the top speed is 124 mph (200 km/h). The average fuel consumption is of 52.2 mpg – 4.5 liters/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. The automaker also refreshed the gasoline offerings (130 bhp 1.6, 145 bhp 1.8 and 150 bhp 2.0-liter), offered in conjunction with the tweaked Multidrive S (1.8 and 2.0 only) continuously variable transmission.