We never thought we’d use the word “bold” to describe an Auris
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show marks the world debut of Toyota's third-generation Auris compact car. Unlike its rather bland-looking predecessors, the new model adopts a more dynamic exterior design.
Toyota says the chief goal with the new Auris was to create "the most bold and dynamic hatchback on the market, without compromising on interior usability."
A bold claim, indeed, but the shift to the TNGA platform makes the new Auris 40-mm longer, 30-mm wider, and 25-mm lower than the outgoing model, which translates into a sleeker shape. The front end with a lower bonnet is more daring than ever thanks to the all-LED headlights, large trapezoidal lower grille, and sculpted bumper.
At the rear, the LED taillights echo the shape of the headlamps, with the most visible cues being the muscular haunches, the more inclined rear windscreen, and the standard roof spoiler. Toyota even offers an optional two-tone color scheme which combines the body color with a black finish for the roof and pillars.
The new TNGA platform also allowed engineers to give the Auris a lower center of gravity and a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel. Combined with the multi-link rear suspension, these changes are said to contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.
The all-new Auris is the first Toyota model in Europe that offers a choice of two hybrid powertrains: one oriented towards fuel efficiency and a relaxing drive, and the second adding greater power and more dynamic driving characteristics. Customers have a choice of a 122-hp 1.8-liter or a 180-hp 2.0-liter hybrid powertrains.
The entry-level Auris Hybrid offers "outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions," according to Toyota, as well as up to 50-percent all-electric driving on the everyday commute. The more powerful hybrid system offers drivers an "energized drive," with more power and steering wheel-mounted paddles for a more engaging experience.
In addition to the hybrid versions, the all-new Auris will offer a single conventional engine, a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline unit.
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