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by Matt Brogan

Toyota Australia have today released its upgraded Aurion models with the range featuring improvements in comfort, convenience and safety, as well as a rise in specification levels.

The styling changes include a new front mask, faster-acting LED stop and tail lamps, and new wheel designs across the range, including ten-spoke alloy wheels on entry-level AT-X.

Aurion’s new front mask includes new grade-specific bumpers, radiator grilles, lower aperture grilles, headlamps and foglamp surrounds (foglamps are fitted as standard on Prodigy, Sportivo and Presara models).

“The original Aurion face was a simple, yet bold, double-concave architecture,” said Toyota Australia senior executive director sales and marketing, Mr David Buttner. “The facelift design uses ‘X-Form’ architecture, bracketed by the chrome-framed fog lamps.

“The lower grille is now a trapezoid shape, enhancing the stance of the car. The design increases the feeling of prestige with more subtle, flowing surfaces between the basic elements, blending rather than intersecting.

“The grille is wider, with freeform lines and secondary elements to each bar, adding more intricacy and precision.

“The functional areas of the headlamps are captured in twin C-shape pockets, with three horizontal ribs running through the indicators – a cue echoed in the rear lamps.

“The rear lamps have evolved from the twin round design and direct LEDs to a parallelogram design and striking diffused LED illumination.”

The side of the car too is now cleaner and more modern with the removal of body-side mouldings, a look complimented by new 17-inch, split five-spoke alloy wheels on Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 models.

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New interior colour combinations freshen cabin decor with Prodigy and Presara models gaining a new linear satin woodgrain finish. Remaining inside Toyota has also upgraded Aurion’s instruments, audio systems, lighting and in-cabin storage across the range.

Safety improvements include improved light distribution performance from Aurion’s low-beam headlamps – both halogen and high-intensity discharge (HID) type. In addition, Aurion Prodigy gains an electro-chromatic interior mirror, power rear sunshade and rain-sensing wipers.

Sportivo ZR6 has the added safety and convenience of heated exterior mirrors and auto-tilt exterior mirror on reverse. Driver’s seat and exterior mirror memory has also been adopted on Sportivo ZR6. Interior comfort improvements include adopting dual-zone climate controlled air-conditioning on Sportivo SX6.

Aurion’s audio systems have been upgraded across the board. All models now have a Bluetooth hands-free telephone kit and 3.5mm auxiliary audio input in the front centre-console box.

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Prodigy and the two Sportivo grades have a new “display” audio system with 4.3-inch colour LCD display, reverse camera capability, six-CD multi-changer, USB/iPod auxiliary audio input, and Bluetooth telephone hands-free kit with microphone integrated into the facia.

This audio system is optionally available on AT-X grade.

Presara’s AVN satellite navigation audio has been refined with an additional two speakers (for a total of eight speakers including two dual-cone rear speakers) and auxiliary 3.5mm input. The AVN satellite navigation audio system is optionally available on Sportivo ZR6.

Aurion is still powered by Toyota’s powerful yet efficient 3.5-litre Dual VVT-i V6 engine that delivers 200kW of power via a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy returns are just 9.9 L/100km.

Pricing for the new Aurion models is as follows:

  • AT-X: $35,490
  • Prodigy: $40,990
  • Sportivo SX6: $39,990
  • Sportivo ZR6: $42,990
  • Presara: $49,990



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