The new, third-generation Toyota Auris was unveiled today at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new Auris offers a new dynamic design and the new option of a brand new 2.0-litre full hybrid electric system.
As announced by Toyota Motor Europe on February 28th 2018, Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Burnaston plant will be the centre of production for the new Toyota Auris. The current Auris powertrain line-up consists of five conventional engines and one hybrid powertrain. Reflecting on the movement towards hybrid and Toyotas focus on hybrid technology, the new Auris will offer customers just one conventional engine – a 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit along with a choice of 120bhp, 1.8 litre or 177bhp, 2,0 litre hybrid electric powertrain.
The 1.8 litre system meets the requirements that customers expect from a Toyota Hybrid, that it is silent, low cost of ownership, great fuel economy, no need to plug-in and low C02 emissions to name a few.
The 2.0 litre system maintains these benefits and takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the new Auris’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. It will offer drivers an ‘energised drive,’ with more power and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for a more dynamic, engaging driving experience.
Simon Humphries, Executive General Manager at Toyota Global Design commented on the design of the new Auris:
“Our primary goal with the new Auris was to create the most bold and dynamic hatchback on the market, without compromising interior usability,’”
“Harnessing the low centre of gravity afforded by the TNGA layout, the vehicle is light and agile in the side view, yet as we move to the rear, the architecture transforms to create a solid, wide and low stance that is absolutely critical for the European market.”
Overall length has increased by 40mm, all of which is contained within a longer wheelbase. The overall height has been reduced by 25mm. The modifications made to height and length have resulted in a sleeker shape along with a lower bonnet, improving safety by giving the driver a clearer view.
The new Auris design has an optional bi-tone colour scheme, which combines the body colour with a black finish to the roof and pillars.