Toyota launches full hybrid Auris estate
Toyota has launched a new hybrid estate version of its Auris compact, giving private hire drivers an alternative to the Prius or Prius+ with greater loadspace.
The new Auris Touring Sports is also UK-built by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) at its factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire, unlike the Prius range, which is imported from Japan. And the Hybrid Synergy Drive technology has been refined further to give the car class-leading CO2 emissions of 86g/km for hybrid, plus significantly lower NOx and particulate emissions compared to diesel cars with comparable performance.
As the hybrid battery is located beneath the rear seats, there is no compromise in the size of the loadspace and its luggage capacity. Auris Touring Sports has the same 2.6m wheelbase and 10.4m turning circle as the Auris hatchback, but is 285mm longer overall – all dedicated to the extended loadspace.
With the rear seats in place the load area is 1,115mm long and 1,452mm wide, giving a capacity of 530 litres. With the rear seats folded the length increases to 2,047mm; with loadspace height up to 890mm, the maximum capacity is a class-leading 1,658 litres. The loadspace sill is also set 100mm lower than on the hatchback,
Some versions of Auris Touring Sports will be available with a Skyview panoramic roof measuring 1,553 by 960mm, one of the largest in its class and increases the sense of light and space in the new interior.
The full hybrid’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system features a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and an electric motor, giving a maximum power output of 134bhp. This enables 0-62mph acceleration in 10.9sec and a top speed of 112mph.
Conversely the hybrid’s CO2 emissions are a class-leading 86g/km. There is also a 1.4 D-4D diesel, which offers combined CO2 emissions of just 109g/km.