Toyota Aurion is the Toyota’s mid-size car manufactured in Australia as well as some regions of Asia. It was first appeared 2006 and is mainly based on Toyota Camry codenamed XV40 receiving redesigned front and rear treatment as well as some interior tweaks. This Camry-Based Aurion is often sold in East and Southeast Asia under the nameplate of Toyota Camry replacing the previously sold model Avalon that has been marketed since 1990s. However, the Camry along with Camry-based Aurion is marketed in Australasia and Middle East.
To make a distinction between the Aurion and its Camry sibling in the Australasian and Middle Eastern markets, Toyota introduces a 3.5-L V6 engine in its Aurion lineup while the regular Camry model still comes with a 2.4-L four-cylinder engine. However, both four- and six-cylinder powertrains were offered prior to the introduction of Camry (XV40) in the aforementioned markets. In between 2007 and 2009, Toyota also offered the only supercharged TRD Aurion in Australia. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) tuned this supercharged Aurion and was assumed to be the most powerful front-wheel drive car all across the world.
The Asian specification for Camry differs slightly from the Aurion in terms of powertrains used. The 3.5-L V6, 2- or 4-cylinbder engines are often featured a 2.0-L or 2.4-L form. These engines are coupled with a six-, five- or four-speed automatic transmission.
In Australasia market, the Aurion is offered with following specification levels:
AT-X: Mainly designed for fleet buyers, this entry-level AT-X offers air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, etc. Compared to its competitor Holden Commodore Omega, AT-X comes with some standard features, for instance, AT-X offers nine percent low fuel consumption compared to Commodore’s fuel. In 2006, the car was awarded with Australia’s Best Large Car Award and described by the judges as “…a terrific well-rounded package of technology and refinement. Toyota has produced a big six that has continued to outstrip traditional rivals in the Australian market.”
Touring SE: Based on AT-X, it was first introduced in 2007 and offers with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a trip computer, six-disc CD Stacker, leather steering wheel and selection lever, front and rear parking sensors and zone climate control air-conditioning system. The April 2008 and October 2008 models were pretty much identical however, the 2009 model came with mild tweaks including 17-inch lieu of 16-inch wheels, front and rear sports lights and the Sportivo grille.
Sportivo: It is offered in two versions in the Australian market, i.e. the introductory Sportivo SX6 and the Sportivo ZR6. The former offers a specially designed sports body kit, sports suspension, sports seat, tinted sports headlights and 17-inch allow wheels while the latter features an electrically adjustable leather sports seats, parking sensors and dual-zone climate control air-conditioning.
Prodigy: It is marketed in the Middle East and New Zealand and offers an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, parking sensors, wood grain interior, chrome grille, 16-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery. Fog lamps come as standard.
Presara: It features as electric seats with a two-memory setting, a moonroof, push-start engine operation, a reversing camera, and satellite navigation. It is sold under the nameplate of Grande in Middle East and New Zealand.