2016 Toyota Avensis & Auris Hybrid Gain Minor Updates

Toyota has announced a series of small upgrades for its British-built Avensis and Auris models.

The new Avensis and Auris now come with the updated Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system, which features a seven-inch touchscreen display with revised menu pages and an improved interface for the My Toyota online portal.

The new navigation system comes as standard with three years of free map updates and access to the online services which include live info on fuel prices, weather, parking and traffic conditions.

The engine range of the new Avensis remains unchanged, offering two diesels and three petrol units. The smaller 1.6-litre diesel produces 110hp and 199 lb-ft of torque (270Nm) while the larger 2.0-litre makes 141hp and 236lb-ft of torque (320Nm). CO2 emissions are rated at 108g/km and 119g/km respectively.

Petrol engines consist of 130hp 1.6-litre, 145hp 1.8-litre, and 150bhp 2.0-litre Valvematic units. CO2 emissions are rated at 142g/km for the 1.6, 139g/km for the 1.8 and 142g/km for the 2.0 with the CVT transmission.

Other revisions include the addition of a new Platinum Bronze paint finish (also available in the Auris) and a new 16-inch alloy wheel design.

Both the Auris Hybrid hatchback and Touring Sports wagon versions now benefit from a retuned hybrid powertrain, with Toyota claiming “an improved, natural driving experience with no compromise in the cars’ highly efficient performance”. The company’s engineers were able to tune the powertrain in order to offer a better alignment between the increase in engine and vehicle speeds, resulting to a more linear acceleration feel.

Customers looking for a 2016 Auris can also choose a new Solid Blue paint finish. Both new models are on sale now.

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