New Toyota Auris excelling

TOYOTA has released prices and specifications for the new Auris, which will go on sale in December.

The British-built five-door hatchback, which makes its world debut at the Paris motor show, will be launched in a four-grade line-up with on-the-road prices from £14,495.

All powertrain options will be available from the start of sales: 1.33 Dual VVT-i and 1.6 Valvematic petrol and 1.4 D-4D diesel units, plus Auris Hybrid with Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The petrol and diesel models all use a six-speed manual transmission, with Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT offered as an option on the 1.6 Valvematic. Auris Hybrid uses an E-CVT automatic.

The new Auris will introduce a new Toyota grade structure, which rises from an entry-level Active trim, through Icon and Sport to the top-of-the range Excel.

The 1.33 Dual VVT-i engine will be available in Active and Icon grades; the 1.6 Valvematic in Icon, Sport and Excel; and the 1.4 D-4D in all trims.

Auris Hybrid will be offered in Icon and Excel versions. All new Auris models will be equipped as standard with seven airbags, a new follow-me-home lighting system, hill-start assist control, vehicle stability control and LED daytime running lights.

Prices go from £14,495 for the Active 1.33 Dual VVT-i to £21,745 for the Excel Hybrid Synergy Drive.