Relatively minor upgrades for 2015 Aurion sedan, including additional tech and tweaked styling.
Toyota has given the second-generation Aurion its final facelift ahead of the brand’s local manufacturing operations coming to a close in 2017.
The changes come just two weeks after the locally-made Camry was updated, but the also-Altona-built V6 model’s changes are far less significant than those applied to the four-cylinder Camry, which has so far outsold the Aurion by more than 6:1 this year.
The Aurion model lineup has also been consolidated, with the previous mid-spec Prodigy trim level dropped and the sports-flavoured Sportivo has been scaled back to a single variant.
Where the Camry scored a comprehensive styling upgrade, the Aurion makes do with the sheetmetal and basic styling at both ends the model has worn since the second generation arrived in 2012.
However, the new AT-X now comes with the chrome-free grille from the Sportivo, while the Presara scores a new grille design and the same 17-inch alloys as the new Camry Atara SL.
The Sportivo’s look is now more discrete, with a more subtle body kit and the black 18-inch alloys from the new Camry Atara SX.
At the top of the range, the Presara adds a unique grille design and lip spoiler, LED headlights and fog lights and new design 17-inch alloys. Larger 18-inch alloys can be optioned, however.
All models in the Aurion range now come with a 4.2-inch information display for the driver, improved mobile phone connectivity and keyless ignition, along with front parking sensors added to the existing rear ones.
These additions join the dual-zone air-con and reversing camera present on the outgoing model.
The AT-X also retains its 6.1-inch touchscreen multimedia screen, as does the Sportivo, with the Presara still sporting 7-inch screen that brings satnav with real-time traffic updates.
The Presara also continues to feature safety tech not available in lower model grades, including rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.
All Aurion variants continue with the same 200kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission the model has used since 2006. The Sportivo is still the only model to get paddle-shifters.
Pricing for the entry-level AT-X and mid-spec Sportivo is unchanged at $36,490 and $40,990 respectively. The top-spec Presara model has jumped slightly to $50,440, which Toyota says is a result of metallic or pearlescent paint being made standard.