Toyota has released all the details about the facelifted Avensis and one of the biggest updates is the use of BMW diesel engines.
The engine range gets two diesel units from BMW, a 110 hp 1.6-liter D-4D with 270Nm (199lb-ft) of torque from 1,750 to 2,250rpm which replaces the previous 2.0-liter, and returns 68.9mpg UK and 108g/km CO2. The second BMW diesel is a 141 hp 2.0-liter D-4D with 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque, replacing the 2.2-liter unit. With this engine, Avensis returns 62.8mpg UK and 119g/km CO2.
Judging by the power output, the two diesels are likely from the previous generation N47 BMW engines.
The cooperation between BMW and Toyota expands beyond engines sharing; the two companies are working together on a new generation of sportscars due to be released in the next few years. In addition to the sports car, Toyota and the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles are cooperating on research into fuel cells, lightweight technology and lithium-air batteries. The two companies agreed to work together on lithium-ion batteries in 2012.