The Toyota Europe CEO, Johan Van Zyl tossed some raw images of the 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports in a concept form in Frankfurt last year. At the same time, he suggested that the future of Avensis was under scrutiny due to its increasingly declining sales. Fortunately, the recent spy images gave us a hint that the Japanese automaker eventually opted to keep the ball rolling.
But then again, the automaker has tons of development work to accomplish before introducing the Avensis Touring Sports to the market this fall.
2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports – Exterior and Interior Cosmetics
Toyota wants to get the station-wagon bodied Avensis Touring Sports right from the very first time. You should remember that the outgoing generation was gifted with two facelifts. The manufacturer applied the second facelift three years after the first one, which is a tell-tale sign that the incumbent Avensis is long overdue for a major overhaul. The Japanese automaker revealed the 3rd gen of the Avensis Touring Sports back in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show.
As we noted above, we spied the 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports undergoing some tests, but it was dressed in a heavy camouflage. The only elements lacking a cloak of camo are the wheels, taillights, and windows. The company alludes that plans are underway to slash the car’s weight in the next few months.
Dropping the weight certainly brings improvements in fuel consumption and performance of this vehicle. The carmaker is likely to utilize a high dose of lightweight aluminum materials in the chassis construction to achieve its weight-loss objectives. The car also gets an extended wheelbase, which is suitable for the comfort of the cabin.
For reference, the 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports measures 189.76 inches long and its wheelbase measures 106.30 inches. Our spy pictures show that the inbound vehicle rides on aluminum wheels with a five-spoke design. Although we are yet to confirm this, rumors say the wheels are 17-inches large. Up front, the lights have been slightly stretched and now include the LED technology.
The interior design of the 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports is satisfactory. Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the travelers can now enjoy more legroom, more headroom and a higher level of comfort than its predecessor.
We also expect Toyota to upgrade the infotainment system of this model. The company is likely to present an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. Additionally, we anticipate such things as an excellent audio system, climate control, adaptive cruise control, new safety features, and different connectivity options.
2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports – Engine and Transmission
Under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports is a newly-designed 1.6 turbo engine that generates between 120 and 150 horsepower.
On the diesel side of things, Toyota is likely to borrow 1.6 and 2.0-liter engines from the Bavarian Motor Works. Toyota says these powertrains will substitute the current 1.6 D4D. The new 1.6-liter diesel engine makes it possible to achieve lower CO2 emissions.
2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports – Launch Date and Cost
The 2018 Toyota Avensis Touring Sports is likely to debut in the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. The latest debut will probably happen at the beginning of next year. As far as prices go, the newly-developed Avensis Touring Sports will start at around $20,000.