Avensis D-4D Exclusive
date : 1st October 2006
Toyota has been going launch
crazy in 2006 and the new Avensis is the much-awaited Camry
replacement. The Lexus GS300 is unashamedly targeting a
If looks and initial market acceptance is anything to go by,
then the Avensis is already a winner.
Gone are the ungainly Battlestar Galactica boot-overhangs of
the final Camry version, and in its place is a
well-proportioned, and typically well-executed sedan, with
just enough of the business suit look to gain customer
The Avensis shape was conceived in the UK, and is in fact
built there in Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, England.
Consequently there’s a degree of flair that is more
Eurocentric than recent Toyota sedans seen here, and yet there
are some familial trademarks faithful to the corporate
design DNA of Toyota product in the twenty-first century.
We hope to bring you a review of the two-litre version in the
not-too-distant future, because at the launch, Car Torque
found this to be the most impressive model on a bang for your
The diesel model comes in six-speed manual configuration, and
Toyota has, if you like, celebrated its entrée into the
passenger diesel market by configuring it with the top trim
package in the range.
This one is known, somewhat strangely, as the D-4D Exclusive.
The gear-shift is particularly sweet on all the Avensis
models, with no trace of the notchiness we have noted on the
Corolla and RunX models.
And in the suspension department too, a new rear-axle
configuration has greatly improved stability in the critical
turn-in phase, in fast sweeps and in lane-changes.
The 2,2 litre turbodiesel engine is quite a conservative
interpretation of the diesel performance theme.
The lag that Hendrik experienced is not so much a hole in the
powerband as a gentle ramp-up onto the turbo boost band.
Its 0-100 claimed figure of 11 seconds is fairly
conservative, as is its top speed of 190 km/h.
While the ultimate performance may be lacking, the Toyota
diesel characteristics are more relaxing than they are in some
other diesels, where the ramp-up is more pronounced, but, so
too is the fall-off in power beyond 4000 rpm.
The new Avensis doesn’t pretend to aspire to even junior
style-sedan territory, Toyota’s marketing boffins rather
referring to more sensible "new management" as its
The Exclusive trim package configured to go with the diesel
model includes a six CD changer and turn-by-turn navigation,
while seven airbags helped it achieve a five-star Euro N-Cap
In opting for a family sedan over an SUV with some off-roading
acumen, you are theoretically denying yourself a chance to
experience some of the adventure that the African bush still
Yet, as research figures have shown for decades, most people
who buy SUVs never get their tyres muddy.
Initial sales reports on the Avensis confirm Hendrik’s
feelings that Toyota is on to something big with these new,
"proper" cars. Some 800 Avensis models were sold in
its launch month, WAY beyond expectations!
Toyota Avensis D-4D
Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 2 231 cc
- Power: 110 kW @ 3
- Torque: 310 Nm @ 2
Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 11,2
- Top speed: 190 km/h
- Fuel consumption:
7,5 litres/100 km (estimated)
- Price: R257 500
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