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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Toyota Aurion is now on sale in Australia with subtly revised styling, a tighter three-variant range, and updated pricing and specifications.

In complete contrast to the massive exterior given to its sister car, the 2015 Toyota Camry, the updated Aurion gets only very minor design tweaks – less significant even than the updates received by the car in overseas markets such as Russia and Asia.

The new-look, 2015 Toyota Aurion line-up has been reduced to just three variants: AT-X, Sportivo and Presara – with the mid-spec Prodigy and the high-end sporty ZR6 variants dropped from the range.

Also unlike the 2015 Camry, which got price cuts of up to $5000, Aurion prices have either remained the same or increased slightly.

2015 Toyota Aurion AT-X

The Aurion AT-X is still $36,490 before on-road costs, which means it’s $10,000 more expensive than the entry-level Camry Altise.

It’s better equipped than before, however, gaining front and rear parking sensors, an enhanced reverse-view camera with back-guide monitor, keyless entry with push-button start, the ToyotaLink infotainment system, Optitron steering wheel controls, 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and an alloy spare wheel.

2015 Toyota Aurion Sportivo

The Aurion Sportivo is $40,990, matching the price of the old SX6 variant. It gains larger 18-inch alloys (up from 17s), an electric rear sunshade, and ToyotaLink. It also gets a more subtle sports body kit than the previous model.

The Sportivo is also distinguished from the rest of the Aurion range by its low-profile tyres, firmer sports suspension and unique steering set-up. Toyota says the Sportivo was developed and tested in Australia to meet the demands of local drivers and road conditions.

2015 Toyota Aurion Presara

The flagship Presara now costs $50,440, making it $450 more than before, though Toyota explains the price rise accounts for the standard inclusion of metallic paint, which is a $450 option on the other two variants.

Additional standard equipment includes LED headlights (in exchange for HID lamps), rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure alert, and ToyotaLink.

2015 Toyota Aurion Sportivo

The updated Aurion carries over the old car’s 200kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Its combined cycle fuel consumption is also unchanged at 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

Toyota says a new pre-load differential improves driveability, claiming to provide enhanced steering feel, greater ease of control under acceleration and deceleration, smoother take-off, improved low-speed manoeuvrability, increased high-speed stability, and greater stability on dirt and rough roads.


2015 Toyota Aurion pricing (before on-road costs):
AT-X $36,490 (no change)
Sportivo $40,990 (no change)
Presara $50,440 (+$450)

2015 Toyota Aurion specifications:
16-inch alloy wheels
Sports grille
Auto headlights
Keyless entry and push-button start
Dual-zone climate control
Cruise control
6.1-inch display screen with six speakers, ToyotaLink, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, and USB input
Reverse-view camera
Front and rear parking sensors
Optitron steering wheel controls
4.2-inch instrument cluster display
Electric driver’s seat
Black fabric upholstery
Silver interior trim

Sportivo (adds over AT-X)
Gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels
Sports body kit
Front foglights
Sports suspension
Steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters
Premium steering wheel
Sports front seats
Electric passenger seat
Electric rear sunshade
Front scuff plates
Sports pedals
Black sports fabric upholstery
Sports mesh interior trim

Presara (adds over AT-X)
17-inch alloy wheels
LED headlamps
Auto high beam
Front foglights
Rain-sensing wipers
Auto-dipping side mirrors
JBL premium audio system with 10 speakers, 7.0-inch touchscreen, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and SUNA traffic updates
Blind-spot monitor
Rear cross-traffic alert
Lane-departure alert
Premium steering wheel
Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
Electric rear sunshade
Front scuff plates
Driver’s seat memory
Electric passenger seat
Dark wood grain interior trim
Ivory or black leather-accented upholstery