Toyota Avensis through the years

Rumours have emerged that Toyota is planning to remove the Avensis from its new car range by the end of the decade. According to sources at BusinessDay, the Japanese car maker looks set to call time on the Avensis by 2020, switching attention to launching a new vehicle into the mid-sized car market. While no official announcement has been made by Toyota yet, the news provides the perfect opportunity to summarise what has made the Avensis so memorable over the last 17 years. Here’s a look at the Toyota Avensis story to date:

The early days

The Toyota Avensis raced onto the scene back in 1997 as a reliable and exceptionally designed alternative to the popular Ford Mondeo. Available as a hatchback, a saloon and an estate, the car caught the eye because of its appealing emissions rating and standout level of performance. Families found plenty to love about the original Avensis, not least the spacious interior that enabled parents and children to be comfortable throughout their ride from A to B. On top of all of this, there was plenty of joy to be had while driving the first generation Avensis. This is because a smooth clutch combined with a light gear change kept stress levels at a minimum for those behind the steering wheel.

The (not-so) difficult second chapter

Toyota was always going to face a challenge when it came to providing a sequel to the original Avensis. However, the Japanese manufacturer passed the test with flying colours. Launched in 2003 (source), one of the main selling points about the second generation Toyota Avensis was just how at ease it made drivers feel. This was epitomised by the fact the vehicle came equipped with nine airbags as standard — making it among the safest family cars on the market at the time. Those who opted for a second generation Avensis with a T180 diesel engine also enjoyed the additional benefit of a nimble drive.

The here and now

How could Toyota top a car that is reliable and a successor which is incredibly safe? The solution is simple; go for the economical approach. Unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show before going on sale the following year, every third generation Toyota Avensis other than those with D-4D 150 auto and 180 T-Spirit Tourer engines were able to keep CO2 emissions below 160g/km (Source). The newest variety also captures plenty of attention thanks to its elegant exterior design.

Who knows what the next 6 years holds for the Avensis, we’re excited to see what future models will feature!