The 3rd generation Toyota Avensis. image

As Takashi Yamamoto, stuff Chief Engineer of the new Avensis, explains: “From the start, we have put a strong European mark on the project. A total of 35 engineers from Toyota Motor Europe were invited to Japan to join forces with the Toyota Motor Corporation development team. When the project team returned to Europe for finalisation, these engineers played a key role in the knowledge transfer between the two development teams. I think this is one of the key reasons why today we can look back at a highly efficient development process and be proud of our achievement, that I believe is nothing less than “Cutting Edge” of the D-segment”.

Inside & Outside:
The new Avensis was designed in in the South of France, is 50 mm longer than the previous generation and will be available in two body shapes: a sedan and a wagon. In total the sedan and the wagon has a total lenght of 4,695 mm and 4,765 mm respectively. Both versions have the same 2,700 mm wheelbase and they also keep the same height as their predecessors at 1,480 mm. Thanks to the new platform, the tread has been increased by between 30 mm and 45 mm, while the width of the car has increased by 50 mm, at 1,810 mm.

Inside, more space is avaliable. A panoramic roof is now avaliable. Available in black or in a combination of greyand beige, the dashboard trim has a softly textured, grained quality. The centre console comes in different layouts ranging from black metallic paint to titaniumtinted ornamentation, depending on grade.

Engines and transmision:
The new 1.6-litre Valvematic benefits from a brand-new 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.6 Valvematic power has been increased by 20% compared to the previous 1.6 VVT-i – up to 132 DIN hp, with torque up by 10Nm to 160 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The CO2 emission level is reduced by 12% to 152 g/km* (sedan body type).
The new 1.8-litre Valvematic offers a choice of a new 6-speed manual transmission or a brand-new Multidrive S transmission, Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission technology. The 1.8 Valvematic power has been increased by 14% compared to the previous 1.8 VVT-i – up to 147 DIN hp, with torque up by 10 Nm to 180 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 10% to 154 g/km* when combined with the manual transmission version and by 16% to 157 g/km* when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

At the top of the petrol range is the 2.0-litre Valvematic, which also comes with either the 6-speed manual transmission or the brand-new Multidrive S transmission. Its improved performance gives 152 DIN hp, an increase of 3% compared to the 2.0 D-4, and 196 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 15% to 163 g/km* when combined with the manual transmission version and by 26% to 164 g/km* when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

The 2.0-litre D-4D 125 engine, available with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), delivers power via a 6-speed manual transmission with a refined ‘shift feel’. It produces 126 DIN hp and 310 Nm torque between 1,800 and 2,400 rpm. Emissions are reduced by 7% to 134 g/km* when equipped with Oxydation Catalytic Converter (CCo), and by 9% to 139 g/km* when fitted with the DPF (sedan body type).
The 2.2-litre D-4D 150 offers a well-balanced proposition of power and economy. Power output is 150 DIN hp while torque has been increased on this engine by nearly 10% to 340 Nm between 2,000 and 2,800 rpm.
In addition, its wide torque range means maximum torque is available in most driving conditions, without the need for frequent gear changes.

Steering assist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) has been newly adopted. This driving dynamics system increases the protection normally given by VSC during sudden handling changes or slippery roads, by adding a steering torque assist that counteracts yaw movement when the vehicle understeers or oversteers in reaction to an emergency. Practically this means that in an extreme situation, the driver may sense some torque movement on the steering wheel in a given direction to compensate the under- /oversteer and so can further enhance the adjustment made by the VSC itself.
Together with the optional High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-xenon headlamps, comes the Adaptive Frontlight System (AFS). By measuring the speed of the vehicle and steering wheel rotation, it predicts which area in front of the vehicle it has to light and adjusts headlamps in accordance, for instance as the car corners in the dark. To compensate for heavy load at the rear of the car, it automatically lowers the angle of the beam before starting. While driving you benefit from the dynamic headlamp levelling, which means that it compensates for heavy braking and acceleration by adjusting the headlamp angle.
As standard, the new Avensis comes with emergency brake signal. This is introduced in an effort to avoid rear end collisions by automatically activating flashing brake lights during emergency braking.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) works in tandem with the Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system, as it uses the same advanced technology. ACC enables the vehicle to maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead, even if that vehicle varies its speed. Once the road ahead is clear, ACC automatically returns to the originally specified cruising speed.
The Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system comes with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA). These systems help to prevent unintended lane-changes by giving an audible warning and applying a corrective steering wheel torque to keep you in lane.

2009 Toyota Avensis Photo Album:(total 35 high resoution images)


Source: Toyota