Toyota has used the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a platform to launch its new Auris. Are these changes enough for the Auris to become a strong Golf rival?
The new Toyota Auris has grown up. Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, the new Auris is 40 mm longer, 30 mm wider and 25 mm lower. Toyota has been in the hybrid game for 20 years and the new Auris will be benefiting from the latest in this technology.
The new Toyota Auris will offer customers just one conventional engine. It's a 1.2-litre turbo petrol which we've experienced in the Toyota C-HR. There will be two hybrid engines available. The 1.8-litre is the motor we've seen before in the Lexus CT200h and Toyota Prius, while the new 2.0-litre hybrid features 130 kW and a sportier drive. Stay tuned for updates.
Images have appeared for the American spec Corolla Hatch (local Auris) which show off the new interior. An 8-inch touchscreen does duty as an infotainment system and features app connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Debuting in the states is a 10-speed/step CVT gearbox that is said to bring a bit more sportiness to the generally dull CVT gearboxes. The level of spec for American versions differs vastly from our local models, but some of the safety kit available is extremely upmarket. Pre-collision detection for pedestrians at day and night time as well as a fully dynamic adaptive cruise control that works from 0 kph.