Toyota has unveiled the 3rd generation Auris at the 2018 Geneva motor show. The new Auris features a more dynamic exterior design and, with a brand new 2.0-litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, marks the debut of the company’s dual hybrid strategy.
The frontal styling is a further evolution of Toyota’s Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design philosophies. The headlamps are full LEDs with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL). Fog lamps are LEDs too. The trapezoidal grille is more vertical than before, resulting in a reduction to the vehicle’s front overhang by 20 mm. The sides of the grille surround form a trademark, catamaran hull shape at the front corners, emphasizing the vehicle’s 30 mm increase in width.
The new Auris is longer and lower than its predecessor. Overall length has increased by 40 mm, all of which has been absorbed within a longer wheelbase. The overall height has been reduced by 25 mm, whilst the cowl height of the vehicle is a significant 47 mm lower than that of the current model.
The new rear design is more rounded than before and rear the overhang is up by 20 mm. The rear windscreen rake is up by around 14 degrees. A roof spoiler is fitted as standard, on all model grades.
Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the new Auris features a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. The low centre of gravity and multi-link rear suspension contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort, Toyota said.
Active and passive safety systems are on board too including the latest Toyota Safety Sense technology.
The current Auris powertrain line-up consists of five conventional engines and one hybrid powertrain. The new model will offer customers just one conventional engine – a 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit and a choice of 122 hp, 1.8-litre or 180 hp, 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains.
Toyota said that the 1.8 litre system fulfils all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota full hybrid powertrain – silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient EV technology with low cost of ownership, no need for plug-in recharging, offering outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, and up to 50% all-electric driving on the everyday commute.