Saturday 25 February 2017

Toyota to roll out the hybrid Auris

TOYOTA has just brought in its revised Auris. The biggest elements to look out for are the improved engines, especially the 1.33 VVTi petrol with stop/start technology, better spec and new styling.

However, the big news is that, from the early summer, there will be a hybrid version called the Auris HSD. That will make it the first small-family hatch to have a petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrain.

Yet the diesel remains one of the most frugal on the market. The ‘new' 1.4 D-4D (90bhp) generates just 118g/km (Terra and Aura grades). And Toyota is claiming big improvements in fuel efficiency with the 1.33-litre petrol (17pc compared to the previous 1.4-litre).

The 1.6 petrol is improved as well.

The HSD hybrid combines a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and a 60kw electric motor powered by a 27kw lithium-ion battery. That all adds up to 136bhp – the sort of power you’d get from a 2-litre diesel.

Toyota claims the HSD manages 4.1l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 93g/km – in other words, Band A road tax. The 1.33-litre Dual VVT-I with stop/start manages 101bhp and fuel consumption of just 5.8 l/100km as well as CO2 emissions of that put it in Band B.

The 1.4 D-4D 90bhp diesel comes with either a six-speed manual or six-speed MultiMode transmission.

The 118g/km versions have diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard with consumption of 4.5l/100km (62.8mpg). MultiMode is an interesting ‘transmission' – you can have automated manual transmission with a fully automatic shift and no clutch pedal.

So you can choose fully automatic or a manual, sequential gear change with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Toyota is making a big play of lower running costs across the range with a 15,000km service interval, a maintenance-free timing chain and 45pc less expensive oil filter elements. And there’s a three-year/ 100,000km warranty.

Standard equipment now includes leather steering wheel and audio controls.

Prices start at €18,945 for the 1.33-litre hatch and €21,060 for the 1.4-litre diesel.

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