Toyota debuts sleeker facelifted Auris
First shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Toyota has finally announced pricing and spec details of its extensively updated second generation Auris hatchback due to go on sale later this week.
While the pre-facelift model was best described as being somewhat conservative from a styling point, the newcomer aims to change this with a completely redesigned front facia, subtle changes at the rear and the option of a very unconventional colour called Citrus Metallic.
Compared the outgoing model that debuted in two years ago, the Auris features a lowered frontal appearance with a thinner grille sporting the Toyota badge more prominently, a slightly revised bumper with new shaped chrome foglight surrounds, and at the rear, new taillight clusters, chrome trim for the foglights and on higher spec models, a single chrome strip below the bumper.
Inside, the cabin has also gone under knife with fitment of a 4.2-inch TFT screen between the speedometer and tachometer, revised touchscreen infotainment system and upgraded trim.
Under the skin, changes includes upgraded suspension and remapped electric power steering, while more sound denting has been added around the transmission tunnel, front wings and engine bay.
Mechanically however the Auris remained unchanged with the base X still being powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine that makes 73 kW and 128 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered with Toyota claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 12.6 sec and a top speed of 175 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.8 L/100 km.
Available in a model exclusive base Xi, mid-range Xs and range topping Xr trims, the 1.6-litre petrol produces 97 kW and 160 N.m of torque and can be have with either the manual or, on the latter trim only, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.2 L/100 km and 6.0 L/100 km for both models respectively.
Capping off the range, but only expected to debut in September, the 1.8-litre hybrid is likely to be offered only in Xr trim with its power figure still yet unknown.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.
2015 TOYOTA AURIS PRICING
|1.3 X||73 kW / 128 N.m||R233 700|
|1.6 Xi||97 kW / 160 N.m||R249 100|
|1.6 Xs||97 kW / 160 N.m||R259 800|
|1.6 Xr||97 kW / 160 N.m||R287 700|
|1.6 Xr CVT||97 kW / 160 N.m||R301 700|
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