The calendar at Motorama is chock full of new cars arriving on the showroom floor.
Here’s a list of all the new Toyota’s arriving.
The biggest change to the lineup will be the new C-HR SUV that has made its way into showrooms.
Sub-RAV4 sized, the C-HR (which stands for Compact High Rider) will go toe-to-toe in the growing small SUV segment to kick off 2017 and marks the start of Toyota’s more daring approach to design and driveability, while still staying true to their heritage of reliable, well-made vehicles.
The Kluger has been a family favourite for fourteen years, always offering a durable package of a smooth V6 and practicality in bucketloads.
On sale in its current form since 2014, a new facelift due near the end of February helps the Kluger freshen its look; adding features across the range, including a 8-inch audio screen, satellite navigation and digital radio to GXL models and rear cross traffic alert, panoramic view monitor, steering control and sway warning on the Grande.
The Toyota Camry will undergo its own big change, with 2017 the last year that the Camry will be built in Australia for our market.
The new model arriving at the start of 2018 will shift back to being built in Japan, will also include a V6 engine option – which could spell the end of the Aurion nameplate, which replaced the Avalon and the confusing array of V6 Camry options that existed in the late 90s.
The last Australian-built large sedans from the Japanese brand will no doubt get aggressive run out deals towards the end of the year.
Ever since the Corolla Hybrid joined the revamped hatchback range, the Corolla sedan – which is built separately – has had to make do with its existing equipment on sale since 2014.
That all changes with the sedan receiving styling, safety and technology upgrades to start 2017 including autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure alert and automatic high beam, as well as a new Toyota Link-compatible multimedia system.
The Yaris hatch cops a not insignificant update to its looks around March, restyling the front end, as well as a new safety package offering autonomous emergency braking and hill-start assist.
No word on whether the changes will affect the Yaris sedan, but as many of the components are shared, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to accommodate a new look and features.
The current Yaris should get a driveaway deal before making room for its fresh-faced successor.
Toyota isn’t big on special editions, but when they do come out they are usually for the most popular models.
A special edition Prado follows up from its popular 2014- Altitude models by removing the spare wheel case from the tailgate, mounting it under the body, and gaining the split hatch style allowing you to open the glass portion of the tailgate to load items in more easily.
And not to be outdone by its smaller brother, the flagship LandCruiser 200 gets an Altitude edition of its own – with a bump in standard equipment above the GXL, dropping in equipment usually reserved for drivers of the VX or Sahara.
A special edition, manual-only Toyota 86 will come available around the first half of the year, no doubt pushing up demand for the recently refreshed sports coupe.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the in-house performance tuners for Toyota, will also make a brief return to showrooms, turning their hand to the Hilux SR5 with an accessory pack to beef up the ute inside and out.
This follows on from their ill-fated stint as a fully-fledged business in Australia back in 2008 where a TRD-tuned Hilux and Aurion were briefly put on sale before the offices were shuttered in the middle of the global financial crisis. Owners have held onto these as collectible, so expect the same of these.
To learn more about the new models, come into your nearest Motorama dealership for a first look.
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