A newcomer to the compact estate car market is sure to attract a lot of interest as well as buyers thanks to its class-leading functionality and an optional full hybrid power. This newcomer is the UK-built Toyota Auris Touring Sports, which features a very modern Toyota design and a load capacity of up to 1,658 litres.
Add those to its very low carbon dioxide emissions of just 85g/km and the Auris Touring Sports could become a standard for its ease of use and ownership costs. To mark the new model’s launch this spring 2013, Toyota came up with the Auris Touring Sports Black design study, providing a dynamic enhancement to the vehicle’s appearance both in the interior and in the exterior.
The design study also demonstrates how an estate/wagon body style can provide more than just functionality. Auris Touring Sports Black dons an exterior design highlighted by a new Night Sky black metallic paint finish. This is well contrasted by the red 19-inch alloy wheels, red inserts on the front and rear bumpers and a red trim on the front grille.
The vehicle’s ‘Sports’ attribute is exhibited via its twin chrome exhaust pipes and dark tinted rear LED lights, as well as piano black roof rails and privacy glass. Auris Touring Sports Black’s signature color scheme is also present inside through the black leather and double red stitching feature on the steering wheel, door panels, dashboard, sports seats, gear shift lever and handbrake.
The instrument panel illumination and the finish on the air vents and cup holders are in red. The interior features quality carpeting and exclusive sports seats upholstered in black leather and perforated red Alcantara, which is also used to cover the interior pillars as well as for the roof lining.
Looking at the new Auris of Toyota, it is clear that while the overall height has been reduced, it also has a center of gravity that is lower. In order to experience the maximum benefits resulting from these changes, the Auris comes with an exterior whose style is more confident, more dynamic, and sleeker. The agility and confidence of this next generation Auris is evident when looking at the new design of the front section.
It has the brand’s well-known Under Priority grille design style which is then combined with the detailing of the LED Daytime Running Light (DRLs) and the Keen Look headlamp. This brings out that boldness to the Auris lineup and gives them a stronger presence on the road. Talking more about the Under Priority design, the main feature is the trapezoidal lower grille, which is larger, that has been placed within the vehicle’s front bumper. Meanwhile, the smaller upper grille goes across the entire width of the new headlamps.
The headlamp clusters have a more purposeful style and made narrower. Within this is a chrome trim bar positioned horizontally which then goes to the “eyebrow” shape. This helps put emphasis on the rather narrow clearance of the bonnet and the Bi-HID (High Intensity Discharge), or in some models the halogen lamp projector unit. Already showing innovative packaging, the headlamp has the DRLs integrated to them.
In addition, all models will have these fitted to them as standard, allowing the new Auris to get its very own visual signature. Under the low sweeping bonnet line, the main feature is the new Toyota badge, which is not only larger compared to the previous model but is positioned lower. On the upper grille, one can see the chrome-plated horizontal trim bar. By extending to the headlamp clusters in a visual manner, it helps highlight the vehicle’s width.