The New Toyota Avensis range – Active, Icon, Icon Plus & Excel

The impressive British-built Toyota Avensis range is to have a new grade structure: Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Excel which replace the previous T2, TR, T4 and T Spirit designations.

Toyota Avensis Icon The Toyota Avensis

While not much has changed in their production, the cars also get a ‘gentle’ refresh which include

The Toyota Avensis continues to offer a wide selection of efficient powertrains, with 1.8 Valvematic petrol engines and 2.0, 2.2 and 2.2 D-CAT diesels. According to engine, there’s a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT.

Some models also get follow-me-home headlights (essentially the car’s headlights remain on for a set time after switching off the ignition to light up the path to the owner’s door), DAB digital tuners featured a standard on Icon grades and above as well as a new Protection Pack with rear parking sensors and boot liner.

Active models have steel wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, seven airbags, air conditioning, a CD player, electric front windows and leather steering wheel trim.

The Toyota Avensis Icon is predicted to be the firm’s top seller and it now has DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation with a touch-screen media interface and a rear-view reversing camera, cruise control, climate control, electric lumbar support for the driver, electric rear windows and automatic headlights and wipers in what is a fantastically well equipped package.

The Toyota Avensis Icon Plus adds polish to the impressive spec with an 11-speaker audio system, half-leather upholstery, a unique alloy wheel design, a nickel and wood effect centre console and electrically-folding door mirrors.

The Toyota Avensis Excel grade has full black leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated front seats with electric adjustment, bi-xenon headlights and additional rear parking sensors. The steering wheel can be adjusted electrically and there’s an uprated sat-nav system.

The 2013 Toyota Avensis is on sale from 1 April, priced from £19,155. The most expensive model is the Excel 2.2-litre D-CAT 150 diesel Tourer with an automatic gearbox, and will cost £29,895.

From experience, anything that looks likely to be a popular fleet vehicle is also going to have very competitive leasing costs – and the Toyota Avensis will not be any different.

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