First glimpse of new Auris

Toyota will give the new Auris its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show next week, it has been revealed.

Toyota will give the new Auris its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show next week, it has been revealed.

The most obvious change is the updated styling, including Toyota’s new ‘face’ and more angular rear lights, which look very much like the units on the Hyundai i30.

The Auris has come in for criticism over its life but the new model aims to change that with a much-improved interior, sharper styling and a more cleverly packaged interior.

A Toyota insider was quoted as saying the new model’s interior look, feel and outright quality is a ‘quantum leap’ ahead of the outgoing one. To make the new cabin feel much more upmarket than before, Toyota has paid special attention to the “sensory quality” of the cabin and has

worked in tiny detail to achieve a sense of visual unity by using consistent lighting, colours, finishes, and even maintaining the font

used for the graphics.

Full hybrid, diesel and petrol versions of the Derbyshire-built car will be produced, with the spread of the range expected to be broadly similar to the current line-up. Expect a choice including a 1.4-litre diesel, a 1.33-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre petrol.

Weight management has been a key part of Toyota’s development of the Auris, and unnecessary bulk has been cut out at every chance to reduce the car’s weight by around 40kg depending on the model. ‘Cheaper to run’ is a prediction Toyota is keen to emphasise.

To enhance efficiency special attention has been paid to aerodynamics. A 55mm reduction in the height of the all-new bodyshell helps achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.28; excellent for the class and down from 0.29 for the Auris it replaces.

On-sale dates, Ireland prices and full specifications will be released at an as-yet unspecified date after the Paris show or contact Fitzpatricks Garages, Kildare 045533300, Naas 045 875800, Carlow 059 9170700, Tullamore 057 9352700. www.fitzpatricksgarages.ie.