BMW diesel engine may power Toyota Auris in 2014

Article by Anita Panait, on December 21, 2011

A Toyota vehicle, probably the Auris, will sport a BMW diesel engine in 2014, as a result of the technology-sharing deal between the two carmakers. Under the deal, BMW will share its diesel technology in exchange for Toyota’s EV battery system. Toyota, however, is not allowed to employ BMW’s diesel engines in Lexus cars.

Diesel-powered Auris is expected to boost the car’s appeal, which still lags behind Ford’s Focus and VW’s Golf. The Auris is also expected to benefit from Toyota’s Global Vision 2020 plan, which prioritizes driving dynamics and fresh styling.

The plan also gives Toyota Motor Europe greater control over the development of the Auris, Avensis and Yaris models. First to benefit from the plan is the Yaris, which uses a design language featuring a so-called ‘keen look’ front end.

The new Toyota Auris carries a design that maximizes the benefits of a lower center of gravity and lower overall height. It is easy to spot the next generation of the Auris with its sleek and more agile all-new exterior and dynamic styling.

A certain brand of confidence is also immediately apparent in the new frontal design of the next generation Auris. This new frontal look utilizes Toyota’s bold-looking “Under Priority” grille style, which features a LED DRL or Daytime Running Light detailing, a large trapezoid-shaped lower grille in the front bumper, and a smaller upper grille that runs the full-width between the Keen Look headlamps. This particular grille design lends the Auris line a more powerful presence on the road.

Speaking of upper and lower grille, the car’s upper grille, which is located beneath the car’s bonnet line, also features a chrome-plated central trim bar that is extended horizontally into the headlamp clusters in order to accentuate the vehicle’s width. The car’s low-sweeping bonnet line is dominated by a large Toyota badge. Meanwhile, the lower grille is flanked by foglamp housings that feature chrome surround detailing. It has a beautiful piano black finish with chrome accent on the lip spoiler. The lower grille also accentuates the new car’s width and emphasizes its solid stance.

As for the headlamps, the Auris’ headlamp clusters are styled more purposefully and are narrower. Within these clusters is a horizontal chrome trim bar that flows effortlessly to look like an eyebrow, accentuating the narrow clearance between the car’s bonnet and its halogen or Bi-HID or High Intensity Discharge lamp projector unit. This innovative headlamp package and the LED DRLs give the new Toyota Auris a rather unique visual signature.

Other dramatic styling changes to the Auris include a lengthened side glazing, which encompasses three panels on top of a more pronounced and a stronger rising belt line crease. You can see this under a steeply raked windscreen that smoothly flows into a lower-set drag-reducing stepped roofline.

Also worth noting is the door mirror, which has been repositioned in the glazed area, as well as blacked-out pillars that include the B pillar in piano black finish and a rear pillar that has a sweeping and more dynamic treatment and a chrome-accented beltline trim. All these features contribute to the new Auris' lower yet more elegant and athletic silhouette.

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