Striking styling, new powertrains, the Toyota Auris is back and has generated much interest from the general public. After months of spy shot of heavily camouflaged prototypes it was finally Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and this is the third generation of the carmaker’s compact hatchback and it looks an improved design and styling over the outgoing iteration. Longer and lower than its predecessor, the new Auris adopts a significantly more dynamic design and more striking frontal styling. Based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that “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.” Toyota says.
Simon Humphries, Executive General Manager, Toyota Global Design explains that ‘Our primary goal with the new Auris was to create the most bold and dynamic hatchback on the market, without compromising on interior usability,’ he goes on to say that by ‘Harnessing the low centre of gravity afforded by the TNGA layout, the vehicle is light and agile in the side view, yet as we move to the rear, the architecture transforms to create a solid, wide and low stance that is absolutely critical to the European market.’
In terms of power plants the Auris will be offered with a 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine, a 1.8 litre and a 2.0 litre hybrid for “an ‘energised drive’, with more power and steering wheel-mounted paddles for a more dynamic, engaging driving experience.” ..sadly no diesels to speak of.
So it looks like the Auris is taking the fight back to the Golf with claimed dynamics and driver engagement and the question will remain: Will it, will it really challenge the Golf in that regard? We shall see.
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