Toyota Australia is expected to announce details of the 2015 Aurion range within the next few weeks, and confirm the model’s continuation alongside its marginally smaller Camry brother on the Altona production line.
The Aurion’s 2015 update won’t be as extensive as the Camry’s, however.
While the 2015 Camry receives fresh new sheetmetal and an all-new exterior (only the roof panel and windshields/front side glass are unchanged), the Aurion’s makeover will be more subtle and likely limited to bumpers and wheel designs.
No mechanical improvements are expected either, though TMR understands that the Australian-tuned suspension seen in the 2015 Camry SX model may also be applied to an Aurion variant.
Given the Camry has undergone sizable price drops for 2015, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume the Aurion may follow suit.
The current Aurion range starts at $36,490 for the base model AT-X, and it’s far from being the most affordable in the segment - that crown goes to the $31,990 Skoda Superb 118TSI.
If Toyota goes ahead with a price reduction strategy to keep cars moving out of showrooms, punters could find themselves driving away in a brand-new large car for a sum somewhere in the low-$30k region.
Will the company wield the knife on Aurion pricing? We should find out around the end of this month.