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New Toyota Auris edition and range spec changes

A new entry level model leads Toyota's changes to its Auris range for the 2011 model year, offering extra equipment with no increase in price.

The three and five-door Auris Edition replace the previous T2, available at the same on-the-road prices but with improved specification.

TR and SR grades have also been revised to offer customers additional premium features as standard. New exterior colours have been introduced, together with new-look interior trim details.

The entry point to the Auris range is the new Edition grade for 2011.

Adding to the specification in the previous T2 model, it has as standard 16-inch alloy wheels, heated, retractable door mirrors that are colour-matched to the car's bodywork and similarly colour-keyed door handles.

These are in addition to existing features such as air conditioning and a four-speaker sound system with USB port.

Island Blue is a new metallic paint option for Edition models, and buyers can also specify vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control (TRC) and a protection pack for the five-door version (floor mats, mudflaps, boot liner and scuff plates).

The three and five-door Edition models are powered by the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.33-litre VVT-i petrol engine, with stop & start and six-speed manual transmission.

This delivers official 48.7mpg combined cycle fuel consumption and 135g/km CO2 emissions.

Auris TR, the core model in the range, is newly equipped with rear parking sensors, Bluetooth with voice control and - on the 1.6 valvematic - cruise control.

A new, sporty interior trim has been introduced in dark grey with silver detailing, and analogue meters now feature in the 1.4 D-4D and 1.6 Valvematic versions, adding to the sportier feel.

On the outside, there are new-design five-spoke 16-inch alloys and a new metallic colour choice, deep titanium.

Elsewhere the TR retains its core equipment features, including climate control, six-speaker audio with USB, electric windows and front fog lamps.

Auris SR, offered only as a five-door with the 1.6 Valvematic engine and six-speed manual transmission, also has cruise control and Bluetooth as standard for 2011, plus the new deep titanium paint option.

These add to a specification that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, dark-tinted rear privacy glass and darkened headlamp lenses.

The 2011 Toyota Auris range is on sale from May 1. The range and on-the-road prices are:

Edition 1.33 VVT-i 6MT 3dr £15,225

Edition 1.33 VVT-i 6MT 5dr £15,730

TR 1.33 VVT-i 6MT 3dr £16,055

TR 1.33 VVT-i 6MT 5dr £16,560

TR 1.4 D-4D 6MT 5dr £18,025

TR 1.4 D-4D M/M 5dr £18,580

TR 1.6 Valvematic 6MT 5dr £16,935

TR 1.6 Valvematic M/M 5dr £17,775

SR 1.6 Valvematic 6MT £17,435




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