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Toyota Avensis gains leaner engines

Avensis range expanded with more efficient engines

Toyota Avensis

Toyota Avensis saloon models have more efficient engine options

The Japanese carmaker is adding two new engines to its Avensis line-up, offering wider availability of the existing engines and extra equipment on various models.

New engine choices consist of a 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol, and a 2.2-litre D-CAT turbodiesel that comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard – making it Toyota’s first diesel auto passenger car.

New 1.6 litre Valvematic

The 130bhp 1.6 litre petrol’s Valvematic technology gives very precise control over the inlet of air, which improves efficiency. As a result, it emits just 152g/km in saloon form, and 153g/km as a Tourer estate, while returning 43.5mpg combined. Yet, it still manages the 0-62mph sprint in 10.4 seconds (10.6 Tourer).

It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, and is available on the entry-level T2 and TR trims.

Toyota’s first diesel automatic

The new 2.2-litre diesel engine offers the impressive combination of 148bhp, an automatic transmission, and just 169g/km CO2 emissions with 44.1mpg combined (174g/km and 42.8mpg Tourer).

The secret is in the D-CAT, Toyota’s clean diesel technology, which scrubs the nasties out of the exhaust gases. Performance isn’t dented, though, with the D-CAT capable of reaching 62mph in 9.5 seconds (9.8 Tourer). The engine option is available on TR models and above.

1.8 Valvematic across the Avensis range

Toyota Avensis

D-CAT is Toyota’s first diesel auto option for the Avensis

Meanwhile, the established 1.8 litre Valvematic petrol engine – big brother to the 1.6 – is being made available across the entire Avensis range, with a choice of manual and Multidrive S automatic gearboxes. This unit emits as little as 154g/km CO2 while also returning up to 43.5 mpg in manual saloon form.

The addition of cheaper specification versions are expected to boost its appeal among fleet buyers.

Standard satnav and pre-crash safety options

The range-topping T Spirit trim level now gets satellite navigation as standard. This includes European mapping, and also comes with Bluetooth, a rear-parking camera and a 10Gb music server. 

New 2.2 D-CAT T Spirit models also gain the option of a new Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) pack. This is the first time that Toyota has offered this active safety system outside Japan. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure Warning – which helps keep the car within the white lines on motorways, and warns you if you’re straying out of lane without indicating – and a series of Pre-Crash Safety systems.

These use the same radar as the Adaptive Cruise Control to predict imminent an collision, warning the driver, then preparing the car’s safety systems, accordingly – priming the seatbelt pretensioners, and even fully applying the brakes if the driver appears not to be taking any action.PCS costs £1,400.

The new 1.6 litre engines mean the Toyota Avensis is now priced from £16,485. The 1.8 costs from £17,985, and the 2.2 D-CAT automatic from £21,515. The extended range is on sale now.

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