Toyota Auris Says No To Diesels, Debuts New 178HP Hybrid Powertrain

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines for its Land Cruiser 4x4 as well as for commercial vehicles such as the Hilux and Proace

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines for its Land Cruiser 4x4 as well as for commercial vehicles such as the Hilux and Proace

"Built on the new TNGA platform (also underpinning the C-HR crossover and a variety of other future Toyota models), the 2019 Auris is 40 mm (1.6") longer than the outgoing generation, with all of them going into the vehicle's wheelbase.

The all-new Auris is the first Toyota model in Europe that offers a choice of two hybrid powertrains: one oriented towards fuel efficiency and a relaxing drive, and the second adding greater power and more dynamic driving characteristics. For now, the company will release its Auris (Corolla based hatchback) without any diesel option while offering two hybrid options in Europe.

Now more than 60 per cent of Burnaston production is hybrid.

Toyota has pulled the covers off its all-new Auris hatchback at the Geneva motor show, showing the world the vehicle that will go into production at its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire later this year. This improves handling and stability, as well as safety. Toyota Australia hasn't confirmed the outputs but says it offers "substantially more power and torque" than the current Corolla engine.

Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) represents the foundation for all of Toyotas future powertrain and vehicle development. The cowl height has also lower by a significant 47mm, resulting in a shape that's sleeker and generally more attractive. Beneath the curved front edge of a flatter, clamshell bonnet, the narrow upper grille incorporates a central Toyota logo and, at its extremities, new, all-LED headlamp clusters with integral Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

"Since last summer, we have seen people in dealerships who we'd never seen before and who always drove diesel", said Toyota's spokesman in France, Sebastien Grellier. A more dramatic rear windshield rake and fender hips also lend to the hatch's more planted look.

Toyota is keeping interior details under wraps for now, but the exterior styling is a hefty evolution from the current car's, with slim headlamps and tail-lights (incorporating LED tech) along with chunky, aggressive front and rear bumpers, plus a lower grille whose shape, Toyota claims, is created to emphasise the latest car's width. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design; a thin lower lip here incorporating twin chrome inserts.

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