It has been five years since the second generation of the Toyota Auris was launched in Europe, and the compact vehicle managed to steadily receive the attention of C-segment customers in this part of the world. Now, Toyota intends to ignite anew the interest for the Auris in the 2018 model year by launching a limited edition model based on its Touring Sports wagon version.
The new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle Edition is simply a reinterpreted version of the Auris Touring Sports wagon. The Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition features a number of smart urban styling cues that help set it apart from a typical Auris Touring Sports wagon. For instance, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition is provided with a black front grille, rear privacy glass as well as door mirror covers in bright silver. Its wheel arch covers and side skirts are also finished in black while its front and rear underbody protections are wrapped in an aluminum finish. Further distinguishing styling cues include a set of five double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a black and machined silver finish.
Interestingly, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition won’t be offered in a single specific powertrain package. Instead, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition will be made available in various powertrain options, including the conventional petrol and diesel engines as well as a hybrid drive. In terms of utility, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition offers up to 1,685 liters of cargo capacity when the rear seats are folded down.
Toyota will commence sales of the Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition in Europe in December 2017.
Meanwhile, Toyota has also unveiled the updates and tweaks – especially on the exterior -- on the 2018 Toyota Auris at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. For instance, the color palette for bi-tone models of the 2018 Toyota Auris has now been expanded with a new blue color finish as well as a Manhattan Grey new metallic shade with a more subtle, deep tone. Manhattan Grey will also be available as one of the available color finishes for single-tone models. This metallic shade is expected to provide a stunning contrast with the black roof, front grille, shark fin antenna, door mirror housings and rear spoiler. Auris Style grade models will also don the new black grille. Black side sills are offered as an option.
Toyota has disclosed that hybrid versions of both the Auris hatchback and Touring Sports account for around 60 percent of sales in Europe in 2016. The Japanese carmaker added that for the current year so far, two of three Auris customers opt for the hybrid version. Toyota has already sold over 1.26 million units of the Auris in Europe since it was launched, with around 400,000 models powered by hybrid powertrain. More than 144,000 units of the Auris were sold in 2016.