One of Toyota’s stars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show is the Auris HSD, a production full hybrid version of its compact hatchback.
Toyota rolls out hybrid Auris
The introduction of this model to the European motoring landscape is the first step by Toyota to roll out its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology across its European range by the early 2020s.
This Auris HSD is, like the Prius, able to operate in petrol or electric modes, or a combination of both. It is also powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-I petrol engine, an electric motor, generator and a battery.
The four-cylinder 1 798cc Atkinson Cycle VVT-i engine develops 59kW at 5 200 r/min and 142Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min. The permanent magnet synchronous 60kW electric motor generates a maximum 207Nm between zero and 13 000 r/min. In combination, the petrol engine and electric motor generated a maximum system power output of 100kW.
An E-CVT uses shift-by-wire technology to channel the power generated to the Auris’ front wheels.
Auris HSD has four driving modes, including three that can be selected ”on-demand” by the driver.
EV mode allows for ultra-quiet running on electric motor power lone, giving zero fuel consumption and emissions. ECO mode maximises efficiency and fuel economy, and Power mode boosts system performance.
Furthermore, the Auris HSD adopts the new styling for the Auris range (the South African launch of the facelifted range is imminent) but adds a number of specific features to aid the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.
Said to be designed exclusively for the European market, Toyota SA has not ruled out the prospect of this green Auris coming to South Africa.
“Toyota SA constantly investigates future hybrid models suitable for the SA market,” the company said in a statement.