The Toyota Brevis is a mid-sized luxury sedan introduced in May 2001 and sold only in Japan. The Brevis has some styling cues from the Lexus LS 430. The Brevis had been discontinued in 2007. Sales started in June, 2001. The cars finishing gives composure and a feeling of luxury although performance wise it is similar to the Progres and both having similar medium size bodies.
Toyota Brevis is the twins sister of Progres, which is the forerunner to Altezza, hence making the Brevis an enlarged Lexus IS. Unlike Progres, the new Brevis aims at younger customers and compete directly with imports like BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class. Basically, the chassis and powertrains are identical to Progres. What makes it more appealing is a (relatively) handsome exterior styling and a beautifully trimmed interior. The headlamps consists of three round type reams. The feeling of luxury and elegant space is reflected by using the glass green lighting for the speedometer and the clock. The stylish center console houses a LCD monitor and an alloy-effect sound system which consists of a on-dash CD changer, DVD and MD playback, with 7 speakers on the top model.
Brevis rides on the same rear-drive platform as Lexus IS, with wheelbase extended to 2,780 mm (109.4 in) to better all its European rivals. In terms of size and weight, it stand between a BMW 3-series and 5-series, so cabin space is plenty. However, dynamically speaking it can hardly match the European rivals (that role is left for Lexus to fulfill), although rides on double-wishbones suspensions. Suspension is set softer than the Lexus, steering is less direct, and its 1,550 kg (3,417 lb) kerb weight also hurt handling agility.
There are two choices of power plant: 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre straight-six both front mounted, pumping out 200 hp (150 kW) and 220 hp (160 kW) respectively. Both are equipped with VVT-i and D-4 direct injection. It comes this with 5-speed AT (2WD car) or 4-speed AT (4WD car) options, in which the 4WD option is only available for the 2.5 litre model.
Other options includes power adjustable pedal, in which pedal positions can be adjusted to suit the drivers' driving posture, the position of pedal, steering wheel and driver’s seat are memorized. There is also an electric rear sunshade and a radar guided cruise control system to ensure a safe following distance to the car ahead in correspondence to the traveling speed. All these are standard equipments. Also included are the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, ABS, and high intensity discharge (HID) head lamps.
The later models was improved in April 2004 as the prestigious mesh grille design was adopted for the front grille. The models after December 2005 comes with EMV (with color backing guide monitor & window shade corner monitor) and also a DVD voice navigation system for G-BOOK and NAVI.AI-SHIFT (not applicable for 4WD models.)