The pricing and details on the new Toyota Auris hatchback were released before its official debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The Toyota Auris has a starting price of £14,495 and could fetch a price up to £21,745 for top-spec hybrid model. It can be ordered starting in December. Aside from the hybrid, the engine options include a 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre ‘Valvematic’ petrol, as well as a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel.
All of them are available right after the launch. All of these are couple with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. The hybrid is the exception since it gets a CVT automatic transmission. It’s offered as an option on the 1.6-litre petrol engine.
Toyota is presenting a new trim grade structure with the Auris. The “Active” label will be used on the entry-level models. Consumers can also choose from Icon and Sport to or Excel. The Active trim is available with only the diesel and 1.33-litre petrol.
It gives the Auris the following features: automatic air-conditioning, electric front windows and a four-speaker audio system with USB connectivity. In addition, Toyota offers Vehicle Stability Control and LED daytime running lights on top of the standard-fit hill-start assist.
Getting the Icon trim means that your vehicles can choose to upgrade tier upgrades the stereo to a six-speaker system with DAB digital radio and further adds Blutooth connectivity, a rear-view camera, all-around electric windows, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloys.
Getting the Sport trim means that your car gets 17-inch alloys, sports front seats, tinted rear windows, and a modified grille and rear diffuser. The top-of-the-line Excel models have plenty of amazing features, which include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, part-leather heated front seats, park assist and automatic headlights.
Toyota’s new automatic parking system will be featured on the Auris. What makes it different from the older versions is that the new system could manage the more challenging manoeuvres like parking on bends. In this scenario, the system considers the obstacles on the opposite side of the road.
New Toyota Auris features an overall length of 4,275 mm which is increased by 30 mm compared to its previous version while its wheelbase remains at 2,600 mm. An increase of 15 mm is also made to its rear and front overhangs, but Auris remains to be one of the most compact cars in its class.
Its frontal projected surface area has been significantly reduced by 4% compared to the current model without affecting its passenger accommodation. This new model is one of the lowest vehicles in the segment with its height reduced by 55 mm which is 45 mm for the cabin and 10mm for the ride height. Each of these changes is deemed to offer aerodynamic benefits set to improve driving dynamics and fuel efficiency.
This model also features a new body shell of high tensile steel which contributes to the decrease of its overall weight by 40 kg and lowers the center of gravity as well. The seat height was also reduced by 40 mm and the tilt angle of the steering wheel has also been reduced by 2 degrees which offer an added engaging driving position together with low hip point.
The new design in the front seat increased the rear seat’s knee room by 20 mm and the opening in the rear door has also enlarged. A 50 mm increase in the load space length was also made together with the 90 mm increase in the width of the tailgate opening. The dual-level load spaced deck boards and 60:40 split-folding rear seats were also improved to increase flexibility and the luggage capacity is increased by 360 liters.