The new Toyota Auris range benefits from enhancements to its bodyshell rigidity, suspension, steering, driving position and NVH characteristics to offer drivers a more comfortable and engaging driving experience.
New bracing and reinforcements to the underbody, front and rear structures, and front suspension have increased body rigidity. The extensive use of high tensile steel in the bodyshell construction has helped to reduce the overall weight of the new Auris by up to 40 kg.
Allied to this weight loss, reducing the overall vehicle height by 55 mm, ground clearance by 10 mm and the height of the new front seats by 40 mm has lowered the new Toyota Auris’ centre of gravity, further improving the vehicle’s high speed stability and cornering agility.
1.33 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel engine models feature torsion beam rear suspension, whilst 1.6 litre petrol, 2.0 litre diesel and full hybrid models are fitted with a double wishbone system to the rear.
Combining versatility and dynamic design without compromising loadspace or luggage capacity, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports represents a further diversification of Toyota’s application of its HSD full hybrid powertrain.
Sharing its 2,600 mm wheelbase, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the hatchback, all of which is dedicated to the extended loadspace of the new wagon. The new Auris Touring Sports shares the hatchback’s new frontal design, which combines Toyota’s Under Priority design language with Keen Look detailing to give the new wagon a powerful yet elegant road presence.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports features a new bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 80 mm lower than that of the hatchback and the number plate raised to maintain balance in the proportions. As with the rest of the Auris range, a new, wraparound rear combination lamp design reinforces the dynamic shape of the rear wing, new D pillar design and rear screen.
The new Auris Hybrid’s HSD powertrain features improvements to further enhance Toyota’s unique, full hybrid driving experience.
The control logic of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system’s seamless, planetary gear transmission has been modified to give a smoother, more natural feeling to vehicle acceleration, with a closer relationship between vehicle speed and engine revs.
Capable of operating both independently and in combination, the HSD system’s 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine and 60 kW electric motor generate a maximum power output of 136 DIN hp, equipping the Auris Hybrid with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 10.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 km/h.
The new Toyota Auris will be available in four grades; Live (Entry), Active (Mid), Style (Sport) and Lounge (High), with the Active grade likely to account for some 65% of total sales. Each grade is clearly differentiated through both equipment specification and exterior and interior styling.
For instance, the high quality dashboard ornament panel is available in a range of six finishes to clearly differentiate between grades; metallic black for the Live grade, metallic silver for the Active grade, carbon black for the Style grade and genuine black leather for Lounge grade models. Auris Hybrid models feature a Metallic ice grey finish for the Active grade and genuine ice grey or black leather for Lounge grade models.