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Exclusive images of the next Toyota Auris reveal a more distinctive look; line-up to include hybrid and BMW diesels
Mark Tisshaw
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25 July 2012

These are the exclusive first pictures of the all-new Toyota Auris. The new British-built hatchback, including its hybrid variant, was caught taking part in a marketing shoot in the Netherlands.

As the pictures show, the new Auris gets a much more distinctive design than the current model, which replaced the Corolla in 2007 and has never really stood out from the class-leading Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has long spoken of his desire for the world’s largest manufacturer to build cars with more character, and the designers of the new Auris have certainly created a car with more visual presence than its predecessor.

The new front end is most striking. Recent designs signed off under Toyoda, who took the reins at Toyota 2009, have all shared more angular bumpers, prominent grilles and sleek, technical headlights, and the new Auris is no exception.

The front end of the standard car is not visible in the pictures, but the next-gen Auris Hybrid reveals the direction the standard car will take. There’s a lower trapezoidal grille and a chrome-trimmed single-bar grille running into the slim headlights. Foglights flank each side of the front bumper and are housed in angular mounts.

Toyota’s hybrid models have traditionally been more visually striking than the standard cars on which they are based. This was seen most recently with the Yaris, which was criticised for its dowdy looks in base form but praised for its greater flair as a hybrid. It’s unlikely that Toyota will make the same mistake with the Auris.

The new Auris features a sharply raked windscreen, rising shoulder lines and kinked C-pillars. At the rear, the lights stand proud of the tailgate, which has a strongly defined boot release handle. The angular rear bumper is also very pronounced.

Toyoda’s ‘more characterful’ brief extends to the driving dynamics. To that end, the new Auris has been undergoing extensive testing on British roads to raise its dynamic flair.

As for engines, great emphasis will be placed on the hybrid model. Toyota reduced the weight and size but improved the efficiency of its hybrid system for the Yaris, and the lessons from that car will be applied to the new Auris Hybrid.

Updated versions of today’s 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines are likely to be carried over for the launch. But the big news will be the arrival of new BMW diesel engines of 1.6 and 2.0 litres around a year after the Auris’s early 2013 launch. 

Toyota’s Burnaston plant will continue to build the Auris in its next generation. An estate is also planned for launch.

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Christian Galea 25 July 2012

It looks better than the

It looks better than the current Auris, but wasn't a hard thing to do at all...although to my eyes it seems a-bit on the large side (although probably most cars of its segment are of similar size nowadays).

Also, weren't BMW engines supposed to be used in Lexuses only?

Randy Cam 25 July 2012

Re. Well our only hope....

Is it me...or does it look a bit like the Nissan Leaf from the Rear?....Yes, its me.

On a seperate note, does nobody from Autocar spellcheck? ie, Toyoda. Please Autocar, get the basics right. Spell Checked Grammar First, Unbias, objective reviews second. Or maybe it's the other way round?, anyway.

jamesf1 26 July 2012

Randy Cam wrote:Is it

Randy Cam wrote:

Is it me...or does it look a bit like the Nissan Leaf from the Rear?....Yes, its me.

On a seperate note, does nobody from Autocar spellcheck? ie, Toyoda. Please Autocar, get the basics right. Spell Checked Grammar First, Unbias, objective reviews second. Or maybe it's the other way round?, anyway.

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda - thats spelt correctly. When his Grandfather started the company he altered the spelling of the family name as in Japanese ToyoTa uses the symbol for good fortune - or something.

On the new Auris - looks OK. Hope they sprinkle some interest into the cabin and drive.

JIMBOB 25 July 2012

Another Missed Opportunity

The Toyota range is confused, dull and full of overlaps and duplication.   This new model reminds me of the Mk2 Seat Toledo, and makes the 307 it is next to look svelt and pert.

Toyota is actually struggling to do dull and sensible properly, it should bring back the Corolla, with conventional 3 box styling and a realistic RRP.  After all, if you want an MPV why not have an Urban Cruiser?

 

 

 

 

 

Mini1 25 July 2012

JIMBOB wrote: The Toyota

JIMBOB wrote:

The Toyota range is confused, dull and full of overlaps and duplication.   This new model reminds me of the Mk2 Seat Toledo, and makes the 307 it is next to look svelt and pert.

Toyota is actually struggling to do dull and sensible properly, it should bring back the Corolla, with conventional 3 box styling and a realistic RRP.  After all, if you want an MPV why not have an Urban Cruiser?

Which 307 are you referring to? I can't seem to see one in these photos.

JIMBOB 25 July 2012

Mini1 wrote: JIMBOB

Mini1 wrote:

JIMBOB wrote:

The Toyota range is confused, dull and full of overlaps and duplication.   This new model reminds me of the Mk2 Seat Toledo, and makes the 307 it is next to look svelt and pert.

Toyota is actually struggling to do dull and sensible properly, it should bring back the Corolla, with conventional 3 box styling and a realistic RRP.  After all, if you want an MPV why not have an Urban Cruiser?

Which 307 are you referring to? I can't seem to see one in these photos.

Duly noted, screen cleaner needed I think (or eye test), it is another Toyota, without the fussy rear end.

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