All in one
The Toyota Allion first made an appearance in 2001, a worthy successor of the Toyota Carina. It’s produced and marketed exclusively for the Japanese market. The aggressive and sporty looking Allion has since seen improvements and refinements with the second generation model making its first appearance in mid 2007. It was marketed as an option between the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Camry.
The second generation Toyota Allion comes in three engine variants: 1.5 liter that is refined to achieve an impressive fuel consumption of about 17Km/l.
The 4 wheel drive option also made an entrance in its 1.8 liter and 2.0 liter variants. 2008 saw the shift to the more refined Valvematic engine model, with the 1.8 liter also shifting to Valvematic in 2010 improving the fuel consumption to around 19Km/l. The transmission is a Super CVT across all variants.
The second generation model Allion incorporates a well refined and better thought interior with premium feel wooden finish, navigation system, color reverse camera, and more comfortable seats that come in either dark or beige colors.
It also comes bundled with the redesigned dash that incorporates a digital fuel gauge and temperature monitor sitting between a back-lit rev and a speed counter.
The climate controls are redesigned into a nicer configuration. Below it seats the phone storage compartment. The cigarette lighter and the ashtray are also well tucked away in a wooden compartment below the infotainment system and makes for an easy reach when charging your phone. The automatic transmission lever sits nicely in an easy to reach position and shifts effortlessly. There are two cup holders below the center armrest which tucks away a small but okay storage unit. The rear seats offers seating space for 3 adults, but comfortably seats two with a center armrest with two cup holders. Overall the Allion is a well thought and ingenious design implementation. It does what you want it to do and everything is where you want it to be.
The second generation Toyota Allion comes with a revised exterior look that include the rear LED taillights. It also sees the introduction of the keyless smart entry option and standard mirror LED indicators across the range.
2010 sees the introduction of a sharper design with an aggressive front bumper and headlights with xenon as an available option. The rear sees the redesign of the taillights to more sportier LED ones.
Available exterior options include 16″ alloy wheels, reverse camera, fog lamps and parking sensors mounted on the front and rear bumpers.
The build quality of the Allion is very comfortable with a sporty finish. It has good clearance, approach and departure angles that ensures it rides well above obstacles. The shock absorbers and suspension system give off a smooth ride. The cabin is impressively quiet too. When looking for a daily driver midsize sedan, this is a serious consideration as it stacks up well within its class competition and twin sibling, the Toyota Premio which is very similar in all performance and design aspects except it has a premium finish as opposed to the sporty finish on the Toyota Allion.