Making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show, the third generation Auris features a more dynamic exterior design and, with a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, marks the debut of Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy.
After 20 years of hybrid leadership, Toyota is committed to keep improving its hybrids and make them more attractive to new types of customers. For this reason, starting with the new Auris, Toyota has decided to offer its core models with a choice of two hybrid powertrains.
The 1.8 litre powertrain system fulfils all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota full hybrid powertrain – silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient EV technology with low cost of ownership, no plug-in need, outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, as well as up to 50% all-electric driving on the everyday commute.
The 2.0 litre system takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. It will offer drivers an 'energised drive', with more power and steering wheel-mounted paddles for a more dynamic, engaging driving experience.
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 safer.
TNGA introduces new, defined guidelines for the positioning of different state-of-the-art components, which simplify vehicle design in key areas. The impact is on items that are largely out of sight, so designers still had the freedom to give the new Auris a visually distinctive and individual look with a lower stance and more appealing proportions.
The new Auris’ TNGA platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a centre of gravity that is lowered by 20 mm, multi-link rear suspension, and a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. All contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.
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 40 mm, overall height reduced by some 20 mm, whilst the cowl height of the vehicle is a significant 47 mm lower than that of 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 new frontal styling is a further evolution of Toyota's “under priority catamaran” and “keen look” design philosophies. The new rear design is more round, strengthening the visual relationship between the front and rear of the vehicle. The new Auris’ dynamic design is further emphasised through an optional bi-tone colour scheme, which combines the body colour with a black finish to the roof, all glazing pillars and the front lower grille surround.