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• Sharper looks
• Smarter interior trim
• Chassis changes, too

A revised Toyota Avensis range is on display at Frankfurt. The facelifted model has updated styling, upgraded interior trim, cleaner engines and changes to improve ride, handling and refinement.

New bumpers, grille and headlights give the Avensis a more aggressive look. There are new tail light lenses for the Tourer estate model, while the saloon's also have a new shape. There are fresh wheel designs and a new dark red paint option has been added.

Inside, theres extra metallic trim and new materials. Most models gain a version of Toyotas Touch entertainment system. Toyota expects the majority of UK cars will come with Bluetooth and a rear parking camera as standard.

A combination of weight and friction reduction measures and a new turbocharger has reduced CO2 emissions for the 2.0 D-4D diesel engine from 139 to 119g/km.

The suspension has been tweaked to offer greater ride comfort and enhanced agility, while extra sound deadening measures are aimed at improving refinement.

Toyota hasnt yet announced full details, but wed expect a small price rise when the updated Avensis goes on sale in early 2012.