The first full hybrid C-segment estate car has been unveiled by Toyota, with CO2 emissions of just 86g/km.
Using compact lithium-ion battery technology the hybrid version of the Auris Touring Sports suffers no luggage capacity penalty in hybrid guise when compared to its conventionally-powered siblings.
The British-built load-lugger is 285mm longer than the hatchback on which it’s based, but shares the same wheelbase and chassis dimensions. The extra length, which is all behind the rear wheels, gives a 530-litre boot capacity with the rear seats and luggage cover in place. Up to 1,658 litres is available with the 60/40-split rear seats folded flat.
Boosting practicality in the luggage area are a one-touch ‘Easy-Flat’ folding rear seat system, a dual-level boot floor and a two-way tonneau cover on all but the most basic model, plus a roller-type luggage net, shopping bag hooks, aluminium roof rails and a 12-volt power socket.
The load sill is set 10cm lower than in the hatchback, enabling easier loading and unloading whether the cargo is food shopping or furniture.
Full specifications are yet to be released, but some models will be available with a ‘Skyview’ panoramic glass roof panel measuring around 155cm by 96cm, which should flood the cabin with light.
The engine selection has been confirmed as the same seen in the hatchback, with 1.33- and 1.6-litre petrols, a 1.4-litre diesel and the full hybrid system that Toyota has made a staple of many of its car ranges.
The ultra-low emissions system pushes out 134bhp and propels the car to 62mph in 10.9 seconds, but is capable of well in excess of 60mpg in ideal conditions.
Fleet buyers will also like the diesel, with its key 109g/km emissions figure, while the 1.33 and 1.6 petrols record 127g/km and 139g/km respectively.
Prices will be confirmed closer to the Touring Sports’ arrival in showrooms later in the year.