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Facelifted Auris here soon

2010-01-25 08:46
Toyota’s revised Auris range has been released in the UK (where it is assembled) and changes to Toyota’s Golf rival have been subtle. The only perceptible exterior cue to the Auris facelift is its new, family Verso-themed styling.

Among the changes are integrated fog lamps seated in a deeper front bumper arrangement. Auris gains a revised bonnet profile (featuring stronger crease lines) and a new grille, bringing it inline with the latest generation Verso.

All new Auris models see additional indicator illumination integrated into the side mirrors too.

Redesigned 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels round off the styling changes.



Bye-bye orange dials - finally

Cabin architecture remains relatively untouched, with some added functionality – primarily in terms of infotainment where changes have been made to the USB port and aux-in socket adaptability.

Mercifully those horrid orange hued optitron instruments have been toned down to a more palatable white tint. Drivers keen on a performance look can now option Toyota’s new flat-bottomed leather steering wheel…

Mechanically the new Auris has seen revisions to the car’s suspension and power-steering to usher in more secure high-speed stability.

Drivetrain options (for the UK market) include Toyota’s 1.33l Dual VVT-I engine (featuring stop/start functionality) and either 1.6l Valvetronic or 1.4 D-4D compression ignition power, both driving through either manual or MultiMode transmission.

Expect the new Auris (minus most of the UK spec engines) to be available locally during the first quarter.



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