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Toyota Auris UK Details

(Tuesday 25 September 2012)

Toyota Auris.

Toyota has announced the UK pricing and specification details of the new-generation Auris just a few days before its debut at the Paris Show.

There are four powertrains - 1.33- and 1.6-litre petrol, 1.4 diesel and petrol-electric hybrid - and four trim levels called Active, Icon, Sport and Excel. (No, you probably don't recognise them. The Auris is the first Toyota to use this new grading system.)

Regardless of trim level, every new Auris comes with seven airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, follow-me-home lighting, hill start assistance, LED daytime running lights, automatic air-conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and electric front windows. From Icon upwards, they also have alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, front foglights, a rear-view camera, a multimedia touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Sport is essentially an Icon with extra styling elements. Excel is the best-equipped model, with dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming interior mirror, folding door mirrors, heated front seats and a new park assist system (also available as an option on the Icon and Sport) which not only steers you into a parking space, as many others do, but can also steer you back out again.

Toyota Auris.Six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models expect the Hybrid, which uses a CVT automatic. The 1.6 petrol version can also be specified with a CVT as an optional extra.

This should mean that there are twenty different kinds of Auris, but in fact there are just eleven, since not every trim level includes every engine and transmission. In fact, Icon is the only one with the full set, while the 1.33-litre petrol unit is available only in the Active and Icon, the Hybrid only in Icon and Excel, and so on.

Reduced weight, improved aerodynamics and some engine development have all helped raise fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The 1.4 diesel records 62.8mpg on the EU test cycle and has a CO2 rating of 99g/km - a massive drop from the previous version's 128g/km, and one which makes this version exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London congestion charge. The Hybrid, previously at 93g/km, does not yet have a confirmed CO2 rating, but it's expected to be "less than 89g/km".

Pricing starts at £14,495 for the 1.33 Active and £15,845 for the equivalent diesel. There's then a jump to the Icon models, which range from £17,145 for the 1.33 to £19,995 for the Hybrid. Sports and Excels are respectively £800 and £1800 more expensive than Icons with the same engine.

The new Auris will go on sale in the UK in December.

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