Monday, 20 August 2012 10:34 AM
The Paris Motor Show will be the scene for the debut of the new Toyota Auris. This latest version of the compact hatchback is built in the UK at Toyota's Burnaston plant in Derbyshire and it would appear there have been improvements inside and out.
The body styling has sharpened up with leaner, meaner lines - dare we suggest this one has the air of a BMW 1-Series about it? In any case, it is definitely looking rather European with angular headlights and LED daytime running lights.
The overall height is 55mm lower than the last model which definitely ups the elegance factor on this one and the Skyview panoramic sunroof makes the most of even the dreariest British weather. While it is still definitely a small car, the leaner lines and wider opening tailgate promise more cabin and boot space, always welcome in this segment of the market.
Three different powertrains will be on offer - a full hybrid as well as 1.33- and 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel options, all of which have a strong focus on delivering great fuel economy and low emissions.
The hybrid option features Toyota's latest Hybrid Synergy Drive technology - the Japanese automaker hopes this means the hybrid will become a mainstream choice rather than a niche model for a few.
As well as efficient powertrains, the research and development team has focused on weight management (a 40kg slim-down from the last model), a more streamlined chassis design and better aerodynamics to keep this one lean and mean.
Inside, there's leather trim and stainless steel finishes on the dash, baseball-stitched nappa leather trimming the steering wheel and padded fabric on the door armrests.
UK prices, specs and launch date to be announced later.
By Georgia Lewis
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