Full details of Toyota's new Auris hybrid vehicle, which will officially be launched in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, have been released. The new Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept represents a new milestone in the carmaker’s plan to equip its mainstream European models with full hybrid technology.
Toyota has made a commitment to make the environmental benefits of its Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) more accessible to a wider customer base. In fact, the Japanese carmaker is on track to offer a hybrid version of every model in its range by the early 2020s.
Production of the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid will be built in Europe will begin in the second half of 2010 at the Burnaston plant in Derbyshire by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK). The Auris HSD Full Hybrid shares its hybrid powertrain with the third-generation Prius, which was launched just this summer.
The Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept has a 1.8-liter petrol engine providing up to 97 bhp as well as nickel-metal hydride batteries and an electric motor. The Auris HSD Hybrid Concept can operate on electric power alone for up to 1.25 miles at speeds of up to 31 mph.
In terms of performance, the Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept can sprint from zero to 60 mph in around 10 seconds, while its carbon dioxide emissions will be sub 100 g/km. To keep its drag coefficient down to 0.28 Cd, the Auris has been given some aerodynamic tweaks. These include a front end designed to optimize airflow and maximize fuel efficiency as well as flat corners on the front and rear bumpers.
The ride height of the Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept is lower by 20 mm compared to the standard Auris. Additional modifications include underbody panels and a rear diffuser to help channel airflow under the body, turbulence-reducing 18-inch alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tires, as well as a larger rear spoiler. Making use of solar power technology, the car has panels on the roof to charge the batteries.
Solar panels are also fitted on the dashboard to help charge mobile phones or after market sat-nav systems. LED lights feature at the front and the rear. The interior of the Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid Concept gets blue Gaucholino leather seats with light blue accent stitching. Meanwhile, the center console and side air vents have a pearl white finish.
The instrument cluster has hybrid blue illumination and alloy pedals also feature. The car has full thickness window glazing. An acoustic windscreen reduces wind noise at cruising speeds while extensive soundproofing under the bonnet keeps engine noise to a minimum.