Frankfurt, Germany,

Frankfurt 2011: New Avensis: Interior design — sophistication and comfort

— Improved sensory quality

— Touch and feel of frequently touched parts improved

— Toyota Touch and Go Plus introduced

Within a cabin already praised for its comfort, roominess and practicality, the new Avensis benefits from improved perceived quality across the model range, upgraded upholstery in a choice of new colours, and Toyota Touch & Go Plus —the most advanced yet affordable touch-screen satellite navigation system in the D-segment.

The appearance, touch and feel of the entire dashboard have been improved. The centre console layout has been redesigned to improve the switchgear layout and operability. The central air vents have been redesigned and now share the new metal paint finish of the centre console itself and the side air vents have become chrome trimmed.

The tactile quality and feel of frequently handled parts such as the door trim gripping area, switchgear and the front console all benefit from new, higher quality ornamentation. The driver's instrument dial backlighting has been changed from amber to white for a more premium look, and the rear console box lid upholstery has been changed from polyurethane to leather.

The front seatback side support shape has been redesigned for better lateral holding performance and greater comfort, and the seat upholstery upgraded throughout the model range.

Entry level fabric seat upholstery has been enhanced to offer Sol grade trim quality, Sol grade fabric now features Executive grade trim, Executive grade fabric has been upgraded to an Alcantara finish, and Premium grade seats are now finished with high quality perforated leather inserts for improved comfort. The leather upholstery is available in a choice of three new colours Light Grey, Warm Grey and Black.


Multimedia System


The new Avensis benefits from Toyota's unique range of affordable, touch-screen multimedia equipment Toyota Touch, and the Toyota Touch & Go and Toyota Touch & Go Plus navigation systems.


Toyota Touch & Go Plus


Fitted as standard to Premium grade models and making its world debut in the new Avensis, Touch & Go Plus adds numerous new, advanced technology features to Toyota's remarkable touch-screen multimedia system.


It features advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, one-shot destination entry, music search and play, and phoneIt features advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, one-shot destination entry, music search and play, and phone contact search and call. It also incorporates email send and receive, a text-to-speech message readout facility, a calendar and, through a Gracenote database, a 'Play More Like This' music function.

Enhanced satellite navigation mapping incorporates 3D city modelling and landmarks, and an additional Traffic Patterns database showing the average speed on road segments en route depending on time, day and month. The system includes three years free map and software updating.