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Facelifted Toyota Avensis & Auris Coming to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Toyota will bring a pair of new models to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month, and we finally have official preview images for both of them. They will be the 2015 Toyota Avensis and the 2015 Toyota Auris.

2015 Toyota Avensis

New Toyota Avensis

Toyota originally gave us a preview for the new Avensis about a week ahead of their Auris preview. From the image above, we can see the Toyota plans to bring both saloon and estate variants of the Avensis to the show.

Toyota is ramping up the aggression on this and new Avensis model. It has a slightly thinner grille, losing the extra horizontal bars in favor of some sizeable front air vents and a more clean-cut lower grille. The headlight design has also been refined too look like inward pointing V’s instead of plain downward slants.

Toyota Avensis Preview

In addition to the new front-end design, the 2015 Toyota Avensis will get “a new range of engines that promise both performance and efficiency.” We’re guessing that means a hybrid powertrain will be offered to catch up with the Auris (more on that below), but we’ll have to wait until Geneva to know for sure.

Same with the interior and rear-end design… We know there will be improvements, we just don’t know what they are yet.

Interestingly, this will be the second time Toyota has facelifted the third-generation Avensis since 2009. Toyota is rumored to axe the Avensis by the end of the decade, so this could be the last new Avensis we see for awhile.

2015 Toyota Auris

New Toyota Auris

The Avensis’ smaller C-segment brother will receive a similar update at Geneva. And just like the Avensis, both the normal Auris and the Auris Touring Sport will be shown in facelifted form at the event.

Aesthetic changes to the Auris are similar to those of the Avensis. The grille has been slimmed down, and the headlights have been reshaped accordingly. However, there are no new air vents; instead the lower grille cleanly spans the distance between the fog lights.

2015 Toyota Auris

Unlike the Avensis, Toyota is much more straightforward about their plans for the Auris’ powertrains. They say that the hybrid will remain at the heart of the range, as the Auris Hybrid apparently accounted for half of all Auris sales in 2014. However, a new, more efficient and sportier petrol AND diesel have been confirmed, although we don’t have any hard specs.

New Toyota Auris Interior

Either way, Toyota tells us that together, the new Auris and Avensis are intended to follow-up on the introduction of the new Aygo and Yaris at last year’s event and form the core of Toyota’s European model range. All of the cars will continue to be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Burnaston plant.

Stay tuned for the full reveal of both vehicles at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show on March 3.


Full Specs for New Toyota Auris Touring Sports Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Last September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was the first time we saw the Toyota Auris Touring Sports. The addition of a station wagon variant seemed fitting because the Auris hatchback has always felt… Unidentified. Vague. Without purpose. In its original form it felt too similar to the Corolla to catch anyone’s attention, but the station wagon looks somehow more noteworthy. It did in Paris back in September, and it will in March when Toyota brings the final production model to Geneva.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

In an effort to pique our interest ahead of time, Toyota has released full specs for the new Auris Touring Sports estate telling us everything except for pricing. So, what’s the scoop?

The most important thing that Toyota wants us to recognize is that the new Auris Touring Sports is the first vehicle in its class to offer drivers a hybrid option. Apparently the hybrid will use a 1.8L petrol-engine paired with an electric motor capable of outputting 134bhp, which Toyota claims is powerful enough to enable a 0-60 time under 11 seconds while emitting a measly 86g/km of CO2.

Toyota believes that their hybrid configuration is one of the key distinctions between the Auris estate and its competitors, two of which just so happen to be making their debuts at the very same auto show. That’s right – the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia will both be at Geneva, and they are the two station wagons the Touring must beat in order to claim the top of the segment in the UK. Clearly, Toyota believes in their wagon.

The new Auris Touring Sports will have the same exact wheelbase with as the hatchback version, but it will be slightly longer to give drivers more storage space. In fact, with the seats folded down drivers will have almost 1700 liters to work with. With the seats up you’re looking at a little over 530 liters, which is still quite good. In addition, the Touring Sports will be 100mm lower to the ground than the hatchback version, so loading and unloading heavy cargo will be easier to manage.

As far as features, every trim package will include luggage nets and shopping bag hooks in the trunk, with aluminum roof rails on top. Shifting from passenger-friendly to cargo-friendly is easy thanks to Toyota’s Easy-Flat folding rear seat system and dual-level boot floor. Depending on the trim package, drivers will also get a classy two-way soft-folding tonneau cover. There are four trim packages available – Active (entry-level), Icon, Sport and Excel.

As I said at the beginning of this article, we still don’t know prices for the new Toyota Auris Touring. The car goes on sale in the UK in July, and chances are we’ll get pricing information closer to that time. In the mean time, keep yours eyes peeled for this car at Geneva… We need to see how it compares to the offerings from Volkswagen and Skoda in order to determine whether the Auris Touring Sports will finally bring the Auris into the limelight or push it further back into obscurity.

Source: Autocar