The new Toyota Auris
The new Toyota Auris
This is the new Toyota Auris
The car will be offered with two hybrid powertrains and a petrol engine
There won't be a diesel version, though
Speaking at the reveal of the latest version of the small car, Toyota’s European boss, Johan Van Zyl, said that the decision to axe a diesel version was due to customer demand, noting that 41% of Toyota’s European sales in 2017 were hybrid models.
As expected, the new Auris will be offered with three powertrain choices. The only conventional option is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor with 114 bhp. Two hybrid systems will be offered: the 1.8-litre, 121bhp motor currently used in the C-HR and Prius, and a new 2.0-litre version with 178bhp.
Van Zyl said: “In Europe, Auris is the model which moved [hybrid] technology from niche to mainstream. It’s been a breakthrough car for Toyota, because most have been bought by people new to the model or the technology.”
Speaking about the decision to remove diesel engines from its passenger cars in Europe, Van Zyl added: “Customer demand is a clear sign that our petrol-electric hybrids are a strong and popular alternative.”
The new Auris is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. Van Zyl said: “TNGA gives the car rigidity and a low centre of gravity. These are the qualities you need for outstanding comfort, handling and driving pleasure.” Styling, particularly at the rear, takes clear direction from the 2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept, which previewed the CT hatchback.
The Auris is 4370mm long, 1790mm wide and 1435mm high, with a wheelbase of 2640mm. That makes it 40mm longer and 30mm wider than the old model, although it is 25mm lower.
The redesigned front end features a grille that Toyota says is shaped like a catamaran hull, and also sports new LED headlights and daytime running lights. At the back, the rear windscreen is increased in rake, and a roof spoiler is standard on all trim levels.
The Auris will be built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire. Last year, the firm invested £240 million to prepare the plant for the transition to the TNGA platform.