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Toyota’s new Auris more hybrid


Toyota has been somewhat of a leader in the development of hybrid powertrains over the past decade or so. After extensive feedback, the Japanese giant has decided to release two different types of hybrid powertrains, both of which will be made available first on the new Auris.

As it stands, the current Auris range consists of five traditional internal combustion engines, however, the brand has announced that the new Auris range will have just one traditional internal combustion engine in the form of a 1.2 litre turbo petrol motor as seen on the C-HR while two hybrid motors in the form of a 90kW 1.8 litre and a 134kW 2.0-litre will make up the rest of the range.

The 1.8-litre unit is very much the same as the one seen in the current Auris hybrid and Prius and places an emphasis on low running costs and lower urban emissions, with 50% all-electric driving on the everyday commute.

The 2.0-litre motor not only provides more power but also makes good use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. According to the brand, this is the model that will provide a more dynamic and engaging driving experience and serve as the new Auris flagship.

The use of the TNGA platform means that the new Auris is bigger, some 40mm longer, with a longer wheelbase and is 25mm lower. The larger dimensions coupled with the new styling, which the brand calls ‘Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design philosophies’ makes a stark difference versus the outgoing car.

We see a front-end with hints of the brand’s new design language as seen in the C-HR and new Yaris. At the rear, we see a more rounded design with LED rear lamps. As is rather fashionable in the automotive world at the moment, the Auris features an optional bi-tone colour scheme, where the body and roof of the vehicle are contrasting colours.

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