The introduction of the new 2.2-litre D-4D engine will make the Toyota Avensis an even stronger prospect. The new 148bhp 2.2-litre D-4D will join the existing 114bhp 2.0-litre D-4D engine from 1 July, while in 2006 the choice will extend to include a 175bhp 2.2-litre D-4D with D-CAT technology for exceptional emissions performance.
The 148bhp engine enters the largest section of the diesel D segment in the UK, accounting for 58 per cent of sales in 2004. It is expected to become the most popular engine in the Avensis range, claiming up to 29 per cent of the sales mix in Europe.
The existing 2.0-litre D-4D and the new 2.2-litre unit will between them cover 95 per cent of the diesel D segment demand in the UK; with the introduction of the 175bhp unit next year, the range will address 99 per cent of the sector in terms of power range.
The 2.2-litre D-4D will be available in Avensis saloon, hatchback and Tourer body styles in T3-S, T3-X, T4 and T Spirit grades with prices from £18,145 for the T3-S and the T3-X saloon and hatchback.
At the same time as the new engine becomes available, the Avensis is being offered with a new exterior colour, Alsace Granite, and with a new gearlever design, specific to the 2.2-litre D-4D.
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