A long-overdue reversing camera has been added across the range thanks to the addition of a 6.1-inch colour touchscreen, which also debuts satellite navigation with live traffic updates on four-cylinder GLi and GLX – and both also drop by $1500 to $45,490 and $47,990 plus on-road costs.
Toyota credits the introduction of Australia’s free-trade agreement with Japan for entry pricing that is now at its lowest since 2006, while V6 versions are cheaper than ever.
The base GLi, with its 16-inch steelies, starts at $45,490, which the company is claiming to be ‘last century pricing’. The range-topping Ultima is $65,600, shedding $1716 while gaining a reverse camera and emergency hazard activation under braking.
This update must come as some relief for Toyota Australia, as the now 10-year-old overall design is struggling against competition. Kia Carnival, Honda Odyssey and Hyundai iMAX are all trouncing the Tarago in sales this year at 2857, 1628 and 891 respectively. The Tarago has managed just 479 sales so far this year (through July), meaning it is one of the brand’s least competitive vehicles.
Toyota said, in its release, that it had popularised the people mover segment and that’s probably quite true, but did it make it exciting. And, when I say exciting, I mean that if you had to buy one you didn’t feel like you’d given up on motoring pleasure. No. I’d say Honda’s Odyssey was the people mover that made owners feel like they could still enjoy driving a people mover and its looks off the dealer floor made it seem as if it’d been slammed… I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I reckon that car made owning a people mover cool. Anyone agree, disagree? See you in the comments…