TOYOTA HAS RELEASED the 2010 Aurion range today, which boasts a number of cosmetic and equipment changes over the outgoing model.
New model-specific front bumper designs are the most obvious change, while a wider grille and trapezoidal lower intake freshens up the Aurion's face.
Chrome-framed foglamp recesses also feature on the Prodigy, Sportivo and Presara variants; headlamp and tail-lamp lenses are also new for 2010.
The low-beam lenses have also been revised to improve light distribution, enhancing night-time visibility.
Ten-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels are now standard on the base Aurion AT-X, while the rest of the range get new alloy wheel designs - the Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 receiving 17-inch split five-spoke rims.
Inside, the Aurion's instrument panel is upgraded for better clarity and all models now feature illuminated vanity mirrors. Bluetooth phone integration and an auxillary audio input are also standard features across the Aurion range.
The Sportivo SX6 now gets dual-zone climate control and Sportivo-branded scuff plates, while the more luxurious ZR6 model benefits from heated wing mirrors, a memory function for the driver's seat and an optional eight-speaker sat-nav/audio system.
Both Sportivo models also feature a 4.3-inch colour LCD screen, six-CD stacker, USB input for iPods and other music players and a reverse camera capability - gadgets which are also fitted to the mid-range Aurion Prodigy.
Two more speakers have been added to the Presara's AVN satellite navigation system, bringing the total speaker count to eight. The Prodigy meanwhile now boasts a power rear sunshade, electro-chromatic auto-dimming rear vision mirror and rain-sensing wipers.
Mechanically, the Aurion range is unchanged. The same 200kW 3.5 litre V6 is fitted up front, and fuel economy across the range is still a claimed 9.9 l/100km.
There have been slight price rises to the lower-spec models. The 2010 Aurion range now starts at $35,490 for the AT-X and finishes at $49,990 for the Presara. For full pricing (price rises in brackets), see below.
- AT-X $35,490 (+$500)
- Prodigy $40,990 (+$1,000)
- Sportivo SX6 $39,990 (+$1,000)
- Sportivo ZR6 $42,990 (no change)
- Presara $49,990 (no change)
All prices shown are for retail pricing only. On-road charges are not included