Toyota recently announced key changes for its updated V6 Aurion range only days after revealing similar changes for its Camry range. The Aurion now gets new goodies as standard fitment to some models while joining the options list for others.
As with the revised mid-size sedan range, Toyota has focussed on injecting more sport into the large Aurion sedan family, in this case via an increased mid-range Sportivo variant, which comes with a $3000 price increase as a result.
New for the 2016 Aurion Sportivo are 18-inch alloy black wheels, an exclusive Cherry red exterior paint option, leather-trimmed sports seats, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, auto-levelling LED headlights, LED fog lights and an electrically-adjustable driver seat along with memory function.
The Sportivo variant benefits most with an upgraded satellite navigation system, expanded Toyota Link connectivity system, 7-inch touchscreen, powered rear-window sunshade and a ten-speaker premium sound system.
All of these new standard features for the Sportivo have joined the options list for the entry-level AT-X model.
These features are bundled together in a $1750 opt pack for the entry-level Aurion AT-X, pricing for which remains unchanged at $36,490 despite an upgrade to (5) ten-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and 215/55R17 tyres (replacing the sixteen-inch alloys and steel spare previously offered) and a premium four-spoke steering wheel and gear-shift lever.
Standard on every Aurion are 7 airbags, reversing camera, stability and traction control, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, along with a 4.2-inch driver’s multi-information display, start, front- and rear-parking sensors and keyless entry.
Powering the Aurion is the familiar 200kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, which Toyota says is Euro 5 certified and retains the ability to run on systematic unleaded fuel.
Pricing for the 2016 Toyota Aurion range starts at $36,490 plus on-road costs for the AT-X, and topping out at $50,440 plus ORCs for the flagship Presara variant.