The new British built Toyota Auris will be debuted at the Paris Motorshow on the 27th September 2012, going head to head with the likes of the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra.
There will be three powertrains for the new Auris, a full hybrid, petrol and diesel – the UK spec Auris will be available with the choice of 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Toyota are expecting to sell an even number of each powertrain reflecting on the recent uptake of the hybrid models.
Toyota has paid special attention to quality of materials which is reflected throughout the cabin, which includes depending on the spec the use of leather through the car including the dashboard. There will be the option of Skyview, a large glass panoramic roof plus the new model will feature LED daytime run lights.
The ride height has been lowered to improve the centre of gravity and there has been a weight saving of up to 40kg depending on the model which will help to lower CO2 emission and fuel consumption – it should also improve how the Auris handles.
Although slightly longer than its predecessor at 4,275mm, a gain of 30mm, it is lower at 1,460 mm (a loss of 55mm); there is more interior space with 20mm more rear seat knee room. A wider opening tailgate allows access to the extra 90mm of load space length which increases the load carrying capabilities to 360 litres. Even the Toyota Auris Hybrid can carry the same load capacity as its siblings by placing the battery pack under the rear seat.
We will full UK prices and specifications nearer the launch date, which we believe will be early next year in the UK.Published 20 August 2012