Previously shown at the Paris motor show, the new British-built model represents the first time the Auris has been offered as an estate. An HSD version is also planned, which will be the only hybrid estate car in the C-segment.
The new Auris Touring Sports shares the hatchback’s 2600mm wheelbase, but is 285mm longer to increase bootspace. It features a 1.15m long and 1.45m wide loadbed The boot measures 550-litres with the seats up. Space grows to 1658 litres with the seats folded.
Improvements have also been made to accessibility. The boot sill is 100mm lower than the hatchback, making loading and unloading large items easier. One-touch Easy-Flat folding rear seats, false boot floor, luggage net, shopping bag hooks, roof rails and a 12v socket in the boot are standard on all models.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports engine line-up will match that of the hatchback: 1.33- and 1.6-litre petrol units, a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.8-litre hybrid which will emit 86g/km of CO2. Toyota claims clever packaging of the hybrid powertrain means there is no impact on practicality for petrol-electric models.
The expansion of the Auris range is part of Toyota’s aim for the model to secure a five per cent market share in the European C-segment by 2014.