The Toyota Auris is the latest model range to reap the benefits in performance, fuel economy and emissions from Toyota Optimal Drive technology.
Following the introduction late last year of the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine with Stop & Start, Auris gains the new 1.6-litre Valvematic engine and revised versions of its established 1.4 and 2.0 D-4D and 2.2 D-CAT 180 units. The result is cleaner, more fuel-efficient motoring with no compromise in performance or driving pleasure, plus significant savings in ownership costs compared to its market rivals.
Toyota has also rationalised the Auris into a new four-grade structure (T2, TR, T Spirit and SR180), with a few minor adjustments to the equipment specifications.
The Toyota Auris' 89bhp (90 DIN hp) 1.4 D-4D diesel engine has been upgraded with Toyota Optimal Drive technology, with fuel economy increasing by six per cent to 60.1mpg in combined cycle driving (58.9 MultiMode). Carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced, falling from 132 to 125g/km for manual TR models, 127g/km for versions with MultiMode. At the same time, torque performance is stronger by eight per cent, rising to a maximum 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm.
The 2.0 D-4D engine in the Toyota Auris gains a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which brings emissions performance in line with Euro V standards. It delivers 125bhp (126 DIN hp) and maximum torque of 310Nm between 1,800 and 2,400rpm via a six-speed manual transmission. CO2 emissions are reduced by 13g/km to 138g/km and fuel consumption is improved by 4.7mpg to 54.3mpg (combined cycle).
Applying Toyota Optimal Drive technology to the 2.2 D-CAT 180 diesel engine, featured exclusively on the SR180 grade, has yielded better fuel economy and emissions. Combined cycle performance is 47.1mpg and CO2 output is 158g/km, against previous figures of 45.6mpg and 164g/km. Like the 2.0 D-4D engine, it also benefits from improved piezo-electric fuel injectors, operating at higher pressure - increased from 1,800 to 2,000bar.
New Grade Structure
The Toyota Auris grade line-up has been simplified into four trim levels - T2, TR (focus for the majority of sales), T Spirit and SR180. Minor changes have been made to the equipment specifications, most notably making Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) available as an option on 1.4 D-4D TR models. The Smart Entry and Start system, fitted as standard to T Spirit and SR180 models, has been improved to provide automatic unlocking of the passenger doors and boot, in addition to the driver's door.Published 17 April 2009