Despite being mostly blacked-out, the side image shows the Auris adopting a more swooping profile with an upwards running rear door line, a contrasting black roof and what appears to be LED front and tail lamps. No interior images were however released.
Underneath its skin, the Auris will join the C-HR, Prius and Camry in being underpinned by Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA), with power coming from a new 2.0-litre petrol engine dubbed Dynamic Energy Force. In spite of its name, the four-cylinder mill does without forced induction and produces 126 kW and 205 Nm, and 107 kW and 180 Nm in hybrid form, the latter excluding the output of the petrol motor.
With Toyota touting efficiency as a big focus point, the Auris will also get a new lighter six-speed manual gearbox as standard on all models, as well as new direct shift CVT said to be up to 20% faster than before.