New Toyota is sleek and sporty
T OYOTA has opted for a much sleeker, sportier look for its next generation Auris that will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this month.
To be built at Burnaston on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, the Auris is quite a bit lower and has more distinctive styling than the current model. And Toyota promises that it will be better inside, have a more dynamic drive and be cheaper to run.
A company spokesman says the car will be the lowest of any mainstream car in its segment and a lower front end design gives a better aerodynamic performance which will help the fuel economy.
As well as dynamics the Auris also has sharper styling too. The spokesman says: "It adopts the new 'face' of Toyota in the design of its grille and the sharp-edged appearance of its headlights and LED daytime running lights, giving the car a more powerful road presence.
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"In profile there is another dramatic styling change with the extension of the side glazing into three panels. The effect will be made even more eye-catching in some versions with a piano black finish for the B-pillars and a dynamic treatment of the C-pillars above a stronger and more pronounced chrome-trimmed rising belt line.'' The interior is bigger and introduces Skyview, one of the largest panoramic roofs in the segment, there is more leg room at the back and a better driving position and all hatchback versions have more luggage space, even the hybrid thanks to the battery pack being repositioned beneath the rear seat.
Toyota was the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three powertrains in the C-segment and this continues with the new model. Efficiency and dynamic improvements have been made to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system and across Europe Toyota expects an even one-third share of sales for each powertrain type – full hybrid, diesel and petrol – reflecting how hybrid has become a mainstream rather than a niche choice.
Details of UK sales introduction, specifications and prices will be announced at a later date.