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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.


Toyota C-HR Concept Officially Revealed Ahead of Paris Debut

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Remember the Toyota C-HR Concept we previewed last week?

At the time, all he had to go on was a single darkened teaser image of the crossover’s silhouette, and even that lacked detail. Fortunately for us, this weekend Toyota revealed a full rendering of their new small SUV concept. Take a look for yourself below:

Toyota C-HR Concept Preview

Just as a reminder, here’s what we’ve already said about the Toyota C-HR Concept:

First, it will debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show early next month. Second, it will probably be a prequel to a new Toyota Auris Cross, a mule of which we’ve already seen testing at the Nürburgring. Finally, we know that Toyota is introducing the concept as “a vision for a hybrid-powered compact crossover that displays an emphatic new design language.”

Now, here’s what’s new:

Given the quirky aesthetic seen in the new C-HR renderings Toyota has released for us, it’s clearer than ever exactly who this compact crossover is aimed at. Let there be no doubt – this is a Nissan Juke fighter.

Unfortunately, Toyota didn’t give us any new information about the concept’s technology or performance specs. What they did give us with these two new images, though, is more information about the specific styling cues you’ll find in the C-HR, as well as what those themes mean for future Toyota vehicles.

Toyota C-HR Concept Preview rear above

The Japanese automaker describes the C-HR’s new aesthetic as a “diamond styling theme”. The name apparently comes from the way “the lower bodywork has been sculpted to create faceted surfaces, like the precision cutting of a gemstone.” They further explained that the front end of the car can be seen as a forward development of Toyota’s current design language; whereas the roofline and the rear are more of a theoretical future direction for Toyota’s aesthetic.

Honestly, more than anything these new images imply that the C-HR Concept is NOT meant to directly preview a real-world vehicle… At least, not without some major modifications. To us, the C-HR study’s primary purpose is to gauge interest in a best-case-scenario Toyota Juke, and to remind the world that they can, in fact, design cool-looking cars when they try.

There’s no denying that these two new renderings of the Toyota C-HR Concept have gotten us a lot more excited about the new crossover prototype. However, it would be very, very surprising if the best parts of this concept’s design – those gem-cut wheels, the floating roof and taillights, the redesigned bumper – ever made it into a real-world vehicle under the Auris name. So, either this C-HR doesn’t preview an Auris, or it’s entirely unrealistic and theoretical.

Either way, we’re still very excited to see the C-HR make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. Stay tuned for more information when the hybrid crossover concept makes its appearance.


Japanese Car Auction Find – Limited 2014 Toyota Auris 180GS

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 19th, 2014

2014 Toyota Auris 180GS Char Aznable Edition

Earlier this week we learned about the new Toyota C-HR concept. If you’ll remember, we theorized that the concept would eventually come to production as the new Toyota Auris Cross – a crossover version of the regular Toyota Auris. So, it seemed fitting that we dig up a great-looking Auris for this week’s Japanese car auction find.

What we’re looking at today is an immaculate 2014 Toyota Auris. But, this particular find is unlike any Auris hatchback you’ve ever seen.

2014 Toyota Auris 180GS rear

What’s that, you say? This car is too sporty to be a conventional Auris hatchback?

You’re absolutely right.

If you look closely at the grille, you’ll see a strange yellow emblem unlike any Toyota logo or any Toyota-affiliated marque. Turns out, this limited edition model was never sold in the US. The auction sheet shown at the bottom of this post reveals that this Auris was built on Toyota’s ZRE186H chassis, which is the same chassis as used in the Toyota Auris RS S in Japan. However, the model is listed as an Auris 180GS, so what’s the deal?

After a bit of research, I learned that this limited edition Auris 180GS was advertised in collaboration with the popular anime franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam. Toyota and the show’s creators even produced an animated advertisement where the series’ antagonist – Char Aznable – is interacting with a cartoon-version of the special edition Toyota Auris:

That explains the strange logo on the grille and the military-style text all around the car’s exterior and interior, as well as the custom floor mats using the same yellow emblem seen on the grille. You can just barely see it beneath the protective floor covering in the interior image below:

2014 Toyota Auris 180GS interior

Clearly this is a very unique car with a one-of-a-kind design, but what’s running beneath the hood?

The regular 2014 Toyota Auris 180GS is fitted with the larger of the hatchback’s two powertrain options – a 1.8L engine paired with a CVT configured for front wheel drive. This is actually one of Toyota’s newest engines and uses their patented Valvematic system to improve efficiency. Although we couldn’t dig up concrete stats for this specific model, our guess is that this Auris runs on the highest-tuned version of Toyota’s 2ZR-FAE engine, which would mean a power output of 148bhp and 129 lb-ft of torque.

Even if this limited edition Toyota Auris were a regular hatchback, it would still stand out from the crowd because of its pristine 6-rated exterior and A-grade interior. These are literally the highest ratings that a car auction can receive, and the auction sheet below shows a single minor blemish across the car’s entire exterior.

For more information, continue reading beyond the auction sheet for a more detailed translation:

2014 Toyota Auris 180GS auction sheet

“Grade 6, interior A, first registered January 2014, 180GS Package, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original navigation system, airbag, original TV, panorama roof, special body kit navigation system and TV, Modelista lowered suspension sprints, special floor mats, rear view reversing camera, special steering wheel and shift knob and antenna, minor scratches on AWs, minor interior grime, marks as per map.”

Toyota C-HR Concept Teased Ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 19th, 2014

Toyota C-HR Concept

Today Toyota revealed their first teaser for a concept that will definitely make it to production. It’s called the Toyota C-HR Concept, and we’ll see the car in-the-metal next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Sadly, the image at the top of this post is the only one we have of this new C-HR Concept. Toyota did do us the courtesy of publishing a press release with the teaser photo, offering us a few more details about the new compact crossover. As you continue reading, you’ll learn everything we know about the Toyota C-HR Concept, along with every rumor for what production model the concept could eventually become.

Let’s start with the press release. It’s short and to the point, with little more than a mission statement and a release date. You can read all three sentences of it below:

“Toyota will present a new C-HR concept vehicle at the Paris motor show (2 – 19 October), revealing the company’s innovative vision for a compact crossover model.

“The C-HR concept combines a powerful new design language with an engaging driving experience and a hybrid powertrain. It will take centre stage on the Toyota stand in hall 4 at the show … on October 2, 2014.”

To be fair, the press release goes on to tell us that Toyota will also host the first official European debut for their Fuel Cell Sedan, but that’s not really relevant to the C-HR.

Obviously, Toyota isn’t saying too much about their new compact crossover concept. All we have to go on are these three major keywords:

  • Compact crossover
  • Hybrid powertrain
  • New design language

If we want anything more than that, we’ll have to look back at pre-existing rumors for more information. Fortunately, rumors aren’t hard to come by on the Internet.

Toyota Auris Cross Spy Photos

The most popular rumor about the Toyota C-HR – and the most realistic – is that the concept will preview the new Toyota Auris Cross. This particular rumor holds so much weight because a number of spy photos like the one above hit the web a couple months ago of a supposed Auris Cross making laps around the Nürburgring. However, the photo at the top of this post suggests a much sportier silhouette than what we saw from the camouflaged test mule.

Unfortunately, that’s all we have for you regarding this particular preview. If you want to know specs, a launch date or anything else about the Toyota C-HR Concept, you’ll have to wait until next month’s Paris Motor Show to find out. Of course, we’ll keep you updated if we learn anything more.