Published August 20, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
Toyota will unveil a new Auris at the Paris motor show this September.
Toyota describes the new Auris as “a car that will deliver improved dynamics, more distinctive styling and higher equipment levels, while also being cheaper to run.”
The new Auris will benefit from improvements to driving dynamics and efficiency enhancements to its powertrain line-up, including the full hybrid system that powers the Auris Hybrid model.
In Europe, more than 60,000 first-generation Auris Hybrids have been sold since it joined the range in 2010, making it the second most successful hybrid model in Europe after the Prius.
The car’s exterior and interior are all new, and it has the distinction of sitting lower than any other mainstream C-segment model. The overall height is 55mm less than the current model and a lower front end design helps deliver excellent aerodynamic performance with a cd of 0.28 drag coefficient, supporting better handling stability and lower fuel consumption.
The new interior is more spacious and comfortable, and introduces Skyview, one of the largest panoramic roofs in the segment.
Smart packaging has improved the driving position and added 20mm to rear seat knee room and 90 mm to the load space length. All hatchback versions provide more luggage space, at 360 liters.
The repositioning of the battery pack beneath the rear seat has ensured the Auris Hybrid has the same load capacity as other models in the range.
Attention has also been paid to weight management, with greater use of high tensile steel, particularly in the upper part of the body structure. This contributes to a 10 percent increase in body stiffness and an overall vehicle weight saving of up to 40 kg, while also helping to lower the car’s center of gravity.
Efficiency and dynamic improvements have been made to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which will be offered in the Auris Hybrid.
Europe-wide Toyota expects an even one-third share of sales for each powertrain type – full hybrid, diesel and gas –reflecting how hybrid has matured to become a mainstream rather than a niche choice.
The new Auris has been designed for Europe and will be built exclusively at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in the UK, alongside the Avensis.
The new model will be given its European premiere on Sept. 27 at the Paris motor show, with gas, diesel and full hybrid versions on display. Details of European sales introduction, specifications and prices will be announced at a later date.