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2018-03-07 09:04

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Switzerland - The third-generation Toyota Auris made its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, sporting a new design and offering the option of a new 2.0-litre full hybrid electric system in its powertrain line-up.

The new Auris will make its local debut in the second half of 2018, with model line-up and specification details to follow closer to launch timing.

Engines

The new Auris will offer customers a single petrol engine – a 1.2 litre turbo unit – and a 1.8 litre hybrid electric powertrain. The 1.2 turbo engine is shared with the C-HR crossover. A new high-output 2.0-litre full hybrid model will also be on offer to selected markets.

The new engine marks the start of Toyota’s dual-hybrid strategy.

The 1.8 litre hybrid system fulfils all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota full hybrid electric powertrain: silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient EV technology with low cost of ownership, no need for plug-in recharging, excellent fuel economy, low CO2 emissions, and up to 50% all-electric driving in everyday commuting.

Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)

Toyota said: "Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) represents the foundation for all of Toyota’s future powertrain and vehicle development. It marks a revolution in the way the company designs, engineers and manufactures vehicles, and is integral to the company’s mission to build ever better cars that are more stylish, more enjoyable to drive and even safer.

"The new Auris’ TNGA platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a low centre of gravity, multi-link rear suspension, and a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel reinforcement in key areas."

Design

Longer and lower than its predecessor, the new Auris adopts a significantly more dynamic design and more striking frontal styling. Overall length has increased by 40mm, all of which is contained within a longer wheelbase. Importantly, the overall height has been reduced by 25mm, while the cowl height is significantly (-47mm) lower than in the current model. The result is a sleeker shape and a more attractive, lower bonnet, which in turn improves safety by giving the driver a clearer forward view.

The frame of the large, trapezoidal lower grille projects powerfully forward of the bonnet’s front edge and the upper grille in a pronounced step, and is less pointed and more vertical than before. This results in a 20mm reduction in the vehicle’s front overhang.

The sides of the grille surround generate a catamaran hull shape at the front corners of the car. This emphasises the vehicle’s 30mm increase in width and its broad, sporting stance.

Beneath the grille, the frame divides to clearly define the lip of a front spoiler. The edges of the spoiler are angled upwards, creating an area which houses the LED fog lights. The grille’s mesh itself has a new, more articulate and refined design than the classic honeycomb finish.

The rear of the car is more rounded in plan form, strengthening the visual relationship between the front and rear of the vehicle. A 14-degree increase in the rake of the rear screen and a muscular hip above the rear wheel arch combine to make the overall appearance more compact, despite a 20mm increase in the rear overhang. A roof spoiler is fitted as standard on all model grades.

The rear all-LED lamp clusters feature light guides which emphasise the new Auris’s wide, planted stance. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal design cues and features a thin lower lip incorporating twin chrome inserts.

The new Auris’s design can be further emphasised with an optional bi-tone colour scheme on selected models, which combines the body colour with a black finish to the roof and pillars.


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