UPDATED AURIS FOR SA: Toyota's updated Auris will debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show. The spruced hatchback will arrive locally later in 2015. Image: Toyota
Toyota will debut new exterior and interior designs for its Auris at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March.
The hatchback will be shown alongside the Touring Sports wagon (not available locally). Toyota says its new Auris will receive "fresh styling, features an upgraded cabin as well as new comfort and safety kit".
The new model will arrive in South Africa later in 2015.
The hybrid remains at the heart of Toyota's range, having established itself as the flagship powertrain in the line-up, and accounting for half of all Auris sales in Europe in 2014 – the XR 1.6-litre petrol model is the volume-seller locally.
The simultaneous reveal of new Auris and Avensis (not destined for SA launch) follows on from 2014’s introduction of Aygo and Yaris to "complete a full rejuvenation of Toyota’s core passenger model range".
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Toyota Auris
Toyota will host its Geneva auto show media conference on its stand in Hall 4 at Palexpo on 3 March 2015.
When everyone was still speculating about the new Auris, spy photographers in 2014 spotted what could be an addition to Toyota’s Auris family. The car underwent testing in Europe at the time and revealed major modifications to the standard Auris.
The obvious change is to its ride height which has been significantly increased.
Toyota began its local green power assault in earnest in 2011 with the South African introduction of the first Auris HSD. The model was followed by the current Pruis and the Yaris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) in 2012.The Japanese automaker in 2013 expanded its local hybrid range with its second-generation Auris HSD launched in South Africa.