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

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

But the Auris will also introduce a new 2.0-litre hybrid configuration, with 177bhp, and Toyota says this powertrain will have a greater focus on performance to better exploit the TNGA platform's benefits.

This isn't so much a bold move as it is a pragmatic one: if hybrids are on the rise (sales jumped 38 percent year-on-year) while diesel is nearly a rounding error, why keep diesel around? Toyota hasn't issued any details on the output or performance of the regular petrol, a 1.2-litre turbo, but we'd expect it to have similar figures to the version that's in the C-HR (and the current Auris); so around 114bhp.

The classic hybrid system comes in the form of the 1.8-liter electrified mill with 122 horsepower (91 kilowatts), Toyota claiming it to be "silent, intuitive, responsive" with "low cost of ownership, no need for plug-in recharging, offering outstanding fuel economy and low Carbon dioxide emissions".

The new-generation Auris - debuted at Geneva - will be offered only with petrol and HEV powertrains; as with the C-HR in 2016, there will be no diesel version. This improves handling and stability, as well as safety.

"New Corolla hatch is a more premium and stylish vehicle that guarantees a more rewarding driving experience and places a priority on the highest active and passive safety standards". If anything, the hatchback is now lower and wider, with the optional two-tone color package offering more contrast in the design.

Longer and lower than its predecessor, the new Auris adopts a significantly more dynamic design and has increased in length by 40mm, providing more interior space.

The roof height has been lowered 25mm, and the cowl height is 47mm lower, giving you some idea of the sporty profile. 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). A more dramatic rear windshield rake and fender hips also lend to the hatch's more planted look.

The rear all-LED lamp clusters feature light guides created to emphasise the new Auris wide, planted rear stance.


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