New Toyota Auris: first pictures and details

Following a summer packed with new Toyota model launches, we can finally take the wraps off the all-new Auris.

New Toyota AurisThe new hatchback, which will be built at the Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, will be one of the main attractions at the Paris motor show in September. But we are delighted to be able to share some early details about the car.

As these first pictures show, it has much sharper exterior styling than the current model, in line with the latest Toyota design cues that we’ve seen in new Yaris and Yaris Hybrid. It adopts the new Toyota “face” with its strong grille design and sharp-edged headlights.

New Toyota AurisIt’s 30mm longer than the current model, and its height has been reduced by 55mm, making it one of the lowest cars in its class. That doesn’t just make for a more eye-catching appearance, it also plays a part in achieving better driving dynamics and handling, by lowering the car’s centre of gravity – something achieved to great effect in the GT86.

New Toyota AurisThe side-on view has been made stronger, too, with the glazing extended across three panels. The tailgate opens wider and has a sculpted look, with concave and convex surfaces. The wrap-around rear lamp clusters are new, too, as is the design of the rear bumper. Check out this exclusive video of car.

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Overall, the body has been made more aerodynamically efficient, which helps improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

New Toyota Auris interiorThe interior is all about more space and higher quality, with no detail escaping the designers’ attention. Clever packaging means there is more space in the cabin, particularly for rear seat passengers who gain an extra 20mm of kneeroom. All round you will find higher quality and soft-touch materials, from a stitched nappa leather steering wheel trim to padded armrests and fabric trims on the pillars.

 

Details of UK specifications are yet to be finalised, but new Auris will introduce Skyview, one of the largest panoramic roofs in the compact hatchback market. The designers were also keen to give the car a strong sense of visual unity, reflected in the consistency of the interior lighting, colours, finishes and even the font used for the graphics.

New Toyota AurisThere is more space in the boot, with 90mm added to the loadspace length. Capacity is increased to 360 litres – and that goes for Auris Hybrid as well. By relocating the battery pack beneath the rear seat, the hybrid gains an extra 127 litres to equal its petrol and diesel-powered sister models in load-carrying ability.

Toyota was the first manufacturer to offer a compact hatchback with choice of three powertrains this continues with the new model. Efficiency and dynamic improvements have been made to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, in Auris Hybrid. In the UK the new model will also feature 1.4-litre diesel and 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol engines.

New Toyota AurisThe steering and suspension have been revised to help give a more comfortable, responsive and enjoyable drive. Attention has also been paid to weight management, with more high tensile steel used in the car’s construction. This has helped increase body stiffness by 10 per cent and save up to 40kg in overall vehicle weight, while also helping to lower the car’s centre of gravity.

The new model will be given its European premiere on 27 September. Details of UK sales introduction, specifications and prices will be announced at a later date.

64 comments

  1. we have had eight toyotas in my family we have two yaris at the moment,the one thing toyota due is just make a better car than the one it replaces.it has trailed vw and ford for many years ie style and build.when they said it whould take on the golf i laughed my socks off having had one.well thank god some one as took the bull bye the horns.it looks stunning one of the best looking cars i have seen .if it drives as well as it looks toyota is on a winner.at last a toyota that will take on the compation well done michael legge

  2. Looks a lot better than present Auris model. Toyota are really missing a trick by not making a 3 door model available at launch time, this could put a lot of people off.

    1. Hi Peter,
      The Panoramic roof will be available on selected grades for both the Hybrid and conventional new Auris models. Specification and grade line-ups will be released at a later date, and we will be sure to update you through the Toyota blog.
      Thanks for your question!

    1. I agree, it looks much better than the present model. I just hope that it is nice to drive and the interior is as good as they say. It needs to be more like Golf quality internally I think. We will soon see.

  3. We really love the Prius. Our big moan is the excessive tyre noise transmission with the standard fit Bridgestone low profile tyres. May we please have an option of a quieter set up which may sacrifice 0.25 mpg overall?

  4. will it be available for motability for nil advance payment i have already had a auris and enjoyed it , but you scrapped the disability availability for it so i am wondering if the new model will be available if so we will order it immediately

    1. Hi Pat,
      Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately these details have yet to be released. We suggest you keep a look out on toyota.co.uk/motability and we’ll update you here on the Toyota blog with regards to launch dates and pricing for the All New Auris.
      Many thanks!

  5. Hi d r poole,
    Thanks for your question. We have undertaken extensive research to determine which tyres to use for the Prius and the conclusion of this research gave us the tyres you have on your current model. These were chosen due to being the most efficient along with giving a comfortable ride and adhering to all safety regulations. We thank you for your feedback, unfortunately there are no current plans to introduce alternative options and we’re unable to recommend other tyre brands.
    Many thanks.

  6. Have been waiting to change our 06 Corolla for a couple of years now and have been waiting for a 1.6 lt FULLY Automatic box not the naff Semi Autos in the prior model, lets hope this has a proper auto box

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