The Toyota Avensis is a large family car built in Derbyshire, United Kingdom by Japanese carmaker Toyota since 1997. It is the direct successor to the Carina E and is available as a four-door saloon, five-door liftback and estate. A large MPV called the Toyota Avensis Verso (Toyota Ipsum in Japan and previously the Toyota Picnic in other markets) is built in Japan on a separate platform. The Avensis is the basis for the youth-oriented Scion tC, which is produced for the US market. The Toyota Avensis was introduced in 1997, to create a more modern name when compared with the reliable, but dull Toyota Carina E/Toyota Corona. Like its predecessor the Avensis was reliable, and proved a sales success for Toyota Europe. Over the years, the Toyota Avensis has advanced in size, technology, power, and economy to challenge its rivals, like the Mazda6, Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Citroën C5 and Peugeot 407.
The Avensis offers two petrol and two diesel engine options. The new engines feature more power and lower CO2 emissions. The new ZR engines became the first to introduce Toyota's Valvematic technology.
* 1.6-litre 1ZR-FAE 132 hp (98 kW)
* 1.8-litre 2ZR-FAE 147 hp (110 kW)
* 2.0-litre 3ZR-FAE 152 hp (113 kW)
* 2.2-litre 150 hp (112 kW)
* 2.2-litre 177 hp (132 kW)
All gasoline engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.8 L and 2.0 L offer a Multidrive S CVT transmission.