Leaked: Patent drawings of the next-generation Toyota Auris

Article by Christian A., on June 10, 2012

Patent drawings of the next-generation Toyota Auris have been leaked, giving us a preview of its bold new design. The new Auris, which will be shown as a concept car by the end 2012 before its 2013 launch, is the latest model to be given a boost to its appearance as part of Toyota chief Akio Toyoda’s brief to make “more characterful models.”

Last week, images of the new Auris’s Japanese sister car, the Corolla, were seen via the internet. Toyota provided confirmation that these photos, which Autocar obtained, do not accurately show what the UK-spec car would be. These patent drawings, which were registered in Germany, are of a concept car that will soon lead to the more distinguishing Auris production car.

Toyota Europe is tasked with developing the company’s future core models for the market beginning from the Aygo to the Avensis when it comes to size. The new Yaris Hybrid is the first model to arrive from this plan.

The new Auris will follow. The upcoming Toyota models will feature a bold design and will make more use of driving dynamics, which has been a source of criticism for the current Auris. The platform of the new Auris will be designed to have a hybrid drivetrain.

Mid-way through its life, the current Auris Hybrid had the Prius’s drivetrain engineered into it. As a result, its boot capacity decreased. The new Auris hybrid will make use of the lessons gained from decreasing the size, weight and efficiency of the hybrid drivetrain from the Prius and Auris just to accommodate the smaller Yaris.

It’s expected that the updated versions of the current 1.3 and 1.6-litre petrol engines would be used even after launch. However, the next-generation Auris line-up will be available with BMW diesel engines shortly after launch. It’s believed that the 1.6 and 2.0-litre BMW oil-burners will be available, which could aid in propelling the Auris into the mainstream market.

Exemplifying the first move in Toyota's product offensive in the C-Segment of the European sector, the new Toyota Auris is more daring, more stunning, more equipped, and lower in cost to drive than ever before.

The latest Auris mirrors Toyota's aim to create more eye-catching, dynamically engaging vehicles and establishes a long-standing influence for durability, quality and reliability.

It provides stronger, more confident and elegant design, a better quality interior structure, better driving dynamics and other improvements to the technical lead of its signature, full hybrid variant.

Aerodynamic enhancements, weight reduction and engine improvements have seen fuel use and CO2 emission cuts across the range, cutting down running expenses and the Total Cost of Ownership.

Toyota is the international top producer of C-segment cars, with 39 million cars sold in more than 140 countries ever since the launch of the Corolla in 1966. The debut of the Toyota Auris Hybrid in 2010 put Toyota as the pioneer manufacturer to provide a choice of three powertrains in the C-sector.

Built for European drivers, its biggest volume market, the latest Auris will be made at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK with the Avensis, sealing the company's promise to its European enterprise.

TMUK commemorates its 20th anniversary 3,265,000 vehicles produced this year from the very start of its operations in 1992. Toyota Auris has manufactured around 418,000 units so far.

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