Toyota wants to boosts its crossover lineup and as a result, the Japanese manufacturer is working on a new crossover based on its popular Auris. Set to go on sale in 2017, the new crossover will sit below the RAV4 and will take on vehicles such as the Honda CR-V and Nissan Qashqai.
Toyota is already testing prototype versions of the Auris-based crossover, which is expected to be offered as standard with front-wheel-drive while AWD will be available as an option.
Under the hood we will find the 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that generates around 130 hp, but also a hybrid version that will use the well-known 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine found on the Auris Hybrid. More details to be revealed!
The new Toyota Auris offers a sleek yet dynamic design that maximizes the advantages of its lower overall height as well as lower center of gravity.
As designed, the confidence and agility of the next generation of the Toyota Auris is easily recognizable in its front end, where it sports the new face of Toyota. This new face is marked by Toyota’s Under Priority grille, Keen Look headlamp and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) -- all giving the new Auris a more powerful road presence.
Toyota’s Under Priority design entails a large, trapezoidal lower grille set within the front bumper as well as a smaller upper grille that spans from one headlamp to the other. Located below the low sweeping bonnet line with a larger Toyota badge, the upper grille is marked by a central, chrome-plated horizontal trim bar that visually extends into the headlamp clusters.
This chrome-plated horizontal trim bar flows within the narrower headlamp clusters into an 'eyebrow' form, thereby helping highlight the slim clearance between the bonnet and the lamp units. Available either as Bi-HID (High Intensity Discharge) or projector halogen lamps, the headlamp cluster integrates LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) as standard on all grades.