This is the Toyota Auris Touring Sports - which is making its debut at this Paris motor show today. With Estates accounting for 25% of family car sales, Toyota has wisely added an Estate for the first time to the Auris line-up.
It will also be the first car in its segment to feature a full hybrid powertrain. The Hybrid variant will be able to carry the same load as the normally fueled version.
Although it has the same wheelbase as the Auris hatchback the estate is 285 mm longer to accommodate the extra cargo hold. It also has the same front-end design as the hatch, but in profile the steeply raked windscreen flows into an extended roofline featuring anodised aluminium rails and an integrated rear spoiler. The side glazing extends across three panels, with gloss black B-pillars, and is underscored by a chrome-accented trim above a rising belt line crease.
The bumper and tailgate have a new design, with the sill set 80mm lower than on the hatchback. The height of the licence plate is raised to maintain balanced proportions. The new wraparound rear combination lamps reinforce the shaped of the D-pillars and the rear screen.
We will let you know further details as soon as we have them, along with UK release date.Published 27 September 2012