It appears that two is better than one for Toyota and their Auris hatchback. An offshoot of the Corolla platform, the all-new Auris is on its 3rd generation, and will now offer two hybrid powertrains.
Revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new Toyota Auris will come in two flavors: A 1.8 litre system, and a more powerful 2.0 liter variant. Both choices fulfil all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota full hybrid powertrain - silent, intuitive, great fuel economy, low emissions, and no need for plug-in charging. The 2.0 liter comes with added ride comfort and driving dynamics thanks to the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
This new platform represents the foundation for all of Toyota’s future powertrain and vehicle development endeavors. It introduces new guidelines for components, vehicle design, and driving characteristics. The new Auris’ TNGA platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a centre of gravity, multi-link rear suspension, and a more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. All contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.
The frontal styling of the new Auris follows Toyota’s Keen Look design philosophies with a clamshell bonnet, narrow upper grille, and LED light clusters with incorporated daytime running lights (DRL). The lower portion of the front fascia has a honeycomb grille and LED foglamps.
Our primary goal with the new Auris was to create the most bold and dynamic hatchback on the market, without compromising on interior usability.
At the rear, LED lamp clusters feature light guides designed to emphasise the new Auris’ wide stance. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal with a thin lower lip and twin chrome inserts.
Chances are slim that the Auris will hit local markets, but we will keep you posted on any developments and specifications about this hybrid hatchback as we receive them.
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