The updated Toyota Aurion is set to be revealed within weeks, though don’t expect the V6-powered Holden Commodore rival to get a cosmetic update as significant as its Camry sibling.
Instead, the other member of Toyota’s Australian-made line-up will be given more of a stylistic 'spruce-up' to see it through to the closure of its Altona manufacturing plant in late 2017.
This is more in-line with regular automotive policy towards updates. The Camry’s new look is much more significant than your typical update — being more typical of an entirely new-generation car.
The new-look Camry launched this week has received a mammoth mid-life update with nearly all new panels and 800 new components. The $108 million bill to fit Toyota Australia’s plant to build it for our market and key export markets in Asia and the Middle East was a hard sell.
The revised Aurion will not follow up with a re-invented body of its own. Given the Camry’s engines are unchanged, don’t expect the Aurion’s 200kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 engine to change much either.
However, given the Camry’s prices were also cut by up to $5000, you might expect some Aurion price cuts. The current range retails for $36,490 to $47,990 plus on-road costs. You might reasonably speculate on some cuts here to match the Camry, though Toyota has not confirmed this.
Toyota in relatively recent times has run driveaway campaigns on the Aurion of $29,990.
One thing Toyota has confirmed — via executive director of sales and marketing Tony Cramb speaking with CarAdvice this week — is that it will make the Aurion through to the shuttering of Altona’s lines.
The large car segment in which the Aurion sits is down in volume about 14 per cent this year, though the Aurion’s sales are down about 10 per cent. Its market share, though, is below 8 per cent. The Holden Commodore owns almost 75 per cent of the market.
Toyota’s Altona plant is targeting production of 90,000 Camrys and Aurions per year for the next three years — about 70,000 annually of which are sent overseas.