A midsize luxury sedan, Toyota Brevis was first launched in May 2001. Some of its styling features were taken from Lexus 430. The car was offered for sale in June 2001. However, the production of the Brevis was stopped by 2007.
Toyota Brevis shared the similar platform as that of Progres introduced half a year prior to the Altezza/Lexus IS. However, compared to Progres, Brevis is designed to target the younger customers. Japan imports BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class and the launch of Brevis was an attempt to compete with these imports. The Brevis shared the same chassis and powertrain as Progres, though exterior and interior received a considerable alteration. The headlamps of Brevis comprise of three round beam types. The company also introduced glass green lighting for the speedometer and clock to achieve the elegance and luxurious looks. The center console featured a LCD monitor, an alloy-effect sound system containing an on-dash CD changer, DVD and MD playback along with 7-speakers on the high-end model.
The Brevis shares the same rear-drive platform with Lexus IS having a wheelbase stretched to 2780 mm (109.4-Inch). As for size and weight, the Brevis falls in between the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series which means it offers a spacious cabin. If we compared the Brevis to the European brands, it is of no match to them as Lexus has already been fulfilling the purpose there. Although, it is supported on the double-wishbones suspension, the suspension is slightly softer than the Lexus. The steering is not as direct as Lexus and its curb weight 1550 kg (3417 lb) also affect handling ability.
The Brevis is offered with two powerplants including: a 2.5-L and a 3.0-L straight-six paired to VVT-i and D-4 direct injection. Both the engines are front mounted, generating 200 hp (150 kW) and 220 hp (160 kW) respectively. The car is offered with both 5-speed AT (2WD) and 4-speed AT (4WD) alternatives where 4WD is only offered with 2.5-L version.
The Brevis also features a power adjustable pedal which allows adjusting the pedal position according to driver’s driving posture. Above all the special system incorporated remembers the position of pedal, steering wheel and driver’s seat for future references. In addition to this, an electric rear sunshade and radar is also present to monitor the cruise control system to display a safe distance from the car moving ahead. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) System, Anti-Braking System (ABS) and High Intensity Discharge (HID) head lamps are also present along with other available standard features.
In April 2004, the car received some restyling of which the adopting of reputed mesh grille design for the front was quite obvious. After 2005, the models came with EMV (color backing guide monitor and window shade corner monitor), a DVD voice navigation system for G-BOOK and NAVI-AI-SHIFT. The NAVI-AI-SHIFT feature was not offered in 4WD versions.