The Japanese based automaker Toyota is planning to pull the plug on the Avensis model by 2020.
Customers of the current Toyota Avensis will have to turn their heads towards a new model in the segment as the company wants to ax the model by 2020. The announcement hasn’t been officially made just yet but according to Automotive New Europe, the model in question is out of the carmaker’s plans of introducing a new hybrid model in the midsized segment.
“Do we plan to introduce an Avensis hybrid? No. Do we have a plan to introduce in the next five to seven years a hybrid model in the mid-sized segment? The answer is clearly, yes”, as the Toyota European boss, Didier Leroy, told our source.
However, Toyota will not be exiting the segment as it will introduce a brand new car which will also become available in a sedan and an estate body style. It currently remains unknown on what platform it will be built and what engines it will be using, but one thing is for sure, it will come with a hybrid version. The current Avensis, which is the third-gen, has been introduced in 2009 and, depending on the market, it is available with a 1.6L engine, with a 1.8L, a 2.0L with 150 HP, a 2.0L D-4D with 125 HP, with 148 HP and 174 HP. Units can be connected to a 6-speed manual, to a CVT or to a 6-speed automatic.