Toyota has boosted the appeal of its Aurion large sedan range in Australia for 2016, with new equipment and cosmetic changes for some models.
Following a similar update to the Camry range last month, the Aurion now gets new goodies as standard fitment to some models while joining the options list for others.
The Sportivo variant benefits most with an upgraded satellite navigation system, expanded Toyota Link connectivity system, seven-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.
Sportivo also ups the standard safety feature list, with auto-levelling LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The updated Sportivo package is finished with new black 18-inch alloy wheels and a new Cherry paint finish (available exclusively on Sportivo) but all of the new kit comes at a price, with Toyota adding $3000 to the starting price for the 2016 Aurion Sportivo.
The entry-level AT-X model retains its $36,490 plus on-roads starting price, but now gets 17-inch alloys including full-size alloy spare in place of the outgoing model’s 16-inch alloys with steel spare wheel.
AT-X also scores a new premium four-spoke steering wheel and gear knob along with ISOFIX child restraint fittings, while some of the Sportivo goodies are available as a $1750 options package.
Elsewhere, the Aurion is unchanged for 2016, with the 200kW/336Nm 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine matched with six-speed automatic transmission being the sole driveline choice.
Also unchanged is the range-topping Aurion Presara, but buyers can choose to have the new Sportivo 18-inch alloys and associated suspension tuning for an extra $1000.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 TOYOTA AURION
- AT-X - $36,490
- Sportivo - $43,990 (up $3000)
- Presara - $50,440