DETROIT -- New York auto show visitors will be the first in North America to see the 2013 Toyota Venza crossover, Toyota says. The show will open to the press April 4 and to the public April 6.
Among the changes to the refreshed Venza are a new upper and lower grille, fog lamps and rear taillights. The wheel design has changed and Toyota will offer the Venza in three new colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica.
It will continue to be available in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels, which will each add new standard features, Toyota said in a statement.
The LE edition will add standard display audio, a blind-spot mirror, puddle lamps and outer mirror turn signals. New standard features on the XLE will be a driver memory seat, reverse tilt outer mirrors and display audio with navigation and Toyota’s Entune multimedia system. The Limited edition will add standard LED daytime running lights and a hard disk drive navigation system with Entune and JBL audio system.
The Venza was primarily engineered at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is assembled at the company’s Georgetown, Ky., plant, which also builds the Avalon and Camry.
Although Toyota still forecasts U.S. industry sales of 13.6 million this year, strong January and February demand is causing officials to rethink that prediction, according to a report by Reuters on Tuesday.
Last month, Toyota’s U.S. sales increased 12 percent and U.S. industry sales rose 16 percent from February 2011. U.S. Venza sales rose 5 percent last month from February 2011. Toyota sold 38,904 Venzas in the U.S. in 2011, an 18 percent drop from 2010.