Facelifted Toyota Auris goes green

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

Having received an extensive facelift in June this year, Toyota has now added a flagship hybrid model to its popular Auris range in the form of the Auris Xr HSD.

While seemingly identical to its petrol powered siblings on first glance, the HSD introduces a number of features not available on lesser models.

These include model’s specific 17-inch graphite alloy wheels, chrome finish on the grille and around the head-and foglights, bi-directional LED headlights, heated electrically retractable mirrors, redesigned rear bumper, LED daytime running lights and hybrid badges on the front wings and bootlid.

Inside, the cabin mimics that of the normal Auris but with added standard spec such as keyless entry/go, heated leather front seats, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Vehicle Stability Control.

Underneath the bonnet, the HSD continues unchanged with power once again coming from a 73 kW 1.8-litre petrol engine combined with a 60 kW electric motor, for a total output of 100 kW and 100 kW and 207 N.m of torque. As before, drive goes to the front wheels via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), with Toyota claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.7 L/100 km and emissions of 89 g/km.

A three year / 100 000 km and eight year / 195 000 km service plan is included in the R367 500 sticker price.