Set to dwell with more style in the land Down Under, the 2015 Aurion features not just styling upgrades, but also increased safety, sophistication and driver involvement.
At least, that's what Toyota would like us to focus on.
In case this car looks familiar to you, that's because it's derived from the Toyota Camry. Still, that doesn't mean the Aussies didn't put their own mark on it, now rejuvenating it for the year 2015.
Starting with the entry-level AT-X version, Toyota went and gave it a new sporty black mesh grille, 10-spoke 16" alloys, a power adjustable driver's seat and dual exhaust. Inside the AT-X you'll find classic fabric seat trim, whereas the Sportivo version features a unique sports fabric trim.
Speaking of the Sportivo, it features improvements such as a smaller-diameter three-spoke leather-accented steering wheel with paddle shifters, rear sunshade, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats and it can also be fitted (at an extra cost) with a moonroof, optional paint color and a premium package which contains a 10-speaker JBL audio system, sat-nav+ and leather-accented seat trim.
The top of the range Aurion 'Presara' comes with a blind-spot monitor and auto high beam, as well as new 17" 15-spoke alloys, the previously mentioned JBL audio system, sat-nav and basically everything else that's optional on the Sportivo.
Presara buyers can also go for the 18" package which also includes steering revisions and costs $1,000.
As for the increased driver involvement, the Aurion features a new pre-load differential, providing enhanced steering and better control under acceleration and deceleration, while improving low-speed handling and high-speed stability.
All Aurion models have 7 airbags, reversing camera and a full suite of electronic active safety features.
Prices for the AT-X ($36,490) and Sportivo ($40,990) remain unchanged, while the Presara's price of $50,440 now reflects the standard metallic or pearlescent paint which is a $450 option on the other grades.
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