Built on a new platform, the Auris is available in three and five-door body styles, a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, three transmissions. There are four model grades: T2, T3, T Spirit and the flagship T180. The T180 and three-door models will join the UK line-up on April 1. Toyota is aiming to sell 22,000 of the Auris in the UK this year.
Active safety features include ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) with brake assist fitted as standard on all versions. Vehicle stability control, with traction control, is provided on T180 models, and is available as an option on all other versions. The Auris got five stars for adult occupant protection, four stars for child occupant protection and three stars for pedestrian safety in the Euro NCAP safety tests.
All Auris models benefit from nine airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag as standard.
All models feature air conditioning, reclining and split-folding rear seat, electric front windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central locking and a sound system with CD player that can play digital music files stored on disc.
T3 versions gain 16-inch alloy wheels, colour-keyed door mirrors and handles, front fog lamps, heated door mirrors, leather trim on the steering wheel and gear shift knob, electric rear windows (five-door models), audio controls on the steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system.
T Spirit grade introduces automatic headlights and wipers, dual zone climate control, Toyota’s smart entry and start system, cruise control and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The T180 has smoked glass headlamps, T180 interior trim, 17-inch alloy wheels and sunroof, in addition to the T Spirit specification.
Flagship engine of the range is the 2.2-litre D-4D 180. This 175bhp powerplant is exclusive to the Auris T180. Matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, it produces 400Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,600rpm, giving acceleration from rest to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 130mph, with combined cycle fuel economy of 45.6mpg.
The 1.4-litre D-4D 90 eight-valve diesel engine is capable of 56.5mpg (combined cycle) and puts out carbon dioxide emissions of 132g/km.
The Auris is also available with a 124bhp 2.0-litre D-4D 130 engine.
Toyota expects its 122bhp 1.6 VVT-I will be the most popular petrol engine in the Auris range. The 1.6 powers the Auris from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds, a top speed of 118mph and combined cycle fuel consumption of 39.8mpg.
The entry point to the petrol range is Toyota’s 96bhp (97 DIN hp) 1.4-litre VVT-i engine, which delivers 40.9mpg (combined cycle), acceleration to 62mph in 13.0 seconds and a maximum 106mph.
Three transmissions are offered: five-speed manual for the 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol and D-4D 90 diesel engines; six-speed manual for the D-4D 130 and 180 engines; and the option of Toyota’s MultiMode transmission on the 1.6 Dual VVT-i and D-4D 90 engines.
From launch, the Auris range will include a special TR model. The TR specification is based on the T3 grade, with the addition of scuff plates and extra chrome detailing at the rear of the car. The TR is available with the 1.6 Dual VVT-i petrol and 2.0 D-4D 130 diesel engines, in three and five-door body styles, priced from £12,495 on the road.
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