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click above for high resolution gallery of the Toyota Auris SR180

The bucket of parts that makes up the Toyota Corolla also gives life to several other vehicles worldwide. In the UK and other parts of the world, they get the Auris, a three- or five-door hatch-type-thing. While Toyotas in the United States are sleepy affairs, the Auris is ringing in 2008 with a sporty, well-equipped SR180 version. Looking great with a lowered suspension from Toyota Motorsport and blacked out rear glass, the Auris appears intimately involved with the pavement. There's a subtle spoiler atop the hatch, which always gives a nice finish to the back end of this style car, and the wheel arches are nicely filled with 17-inch alloy rims. Underhood, Toyota's D-4D Diesel provides 175 horsepower and a whopping 294 ft-lbs of torque through a six-speed manual while returning 38 mpg (US) on a combined cycle.

Equipment levels are up, providing the driver with such goodies as dual-zone climate control, automatic headlamps and wipers, and cruise control. Stability and traction-control systems are standard, too. It all sounds and looks very good until you run the roughly £18,500 price through a currency conversion – coming out the other side at about $37,000 greenbacks. Some people would sell a kidney on eBay for the opportunity to get something like this Stateside, and it certainly is a rare Toyota that makes us say "That's cool." If you're someplace where you can take advantage of it, order yours now for January delivery.

[Source: Toyota]


New Year debut for SR180


  • New sports-focused Toyota Auris SR180 flagship model
  • Toyota Motorsport lowered suspension and rear spoiler
  • Dark-tinted rear privacy glass
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 175bhp 2.2 D-4D engine gives nought to 62mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds
  • On sale on 1 January 2008
  • Prices £17,995 (three-door) and £18,495 (five-door)
  • A new flagship Toyota Auris hits the streets early next year, giving the range a new sporting edge. The SR180 does not stint on eye-appeal, with Toyota Motorsport lowered suspension springs giving it a ground-hugging stance and a neat new rear spoiler positioned atop the tailgate. Dark-tinted rear privacy glass and five-spoke 17-inch alloys add further to the style factor, while the choice of body colours includes an über-cool Pure White.

The SR180 is far from being all-show-and-no-do. The 2.2-litre D-4D engine generates 175bhp and a maximum 400Nm of torque from 2,000rpm, giving responsive and rewarding driving performance through the six-speed manual transmission. Benchmark acceleration from nought to 62mph is 8.1 seconds, while the D-4D engine's strong fuel efficiency returns an official 45.6mpg in combined cycle driving.

Further driving rewards are delivered by the dedicated, lightweight double wishbone rear suspension, tailored specifically to meet the demands of the model's higher performance characteristics. Vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control (TRC) are provided as standard.

In keeping with its flagship status, the SR180 has a high equipment specification with automatic dual-zone air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control all part of the standard package.

The new model is available to order now (for delivery in January), with both three and five-door versions available, priced respectively £17,995 and £18,495 on the road.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are those Rav4 rims?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well lets see...

      A base model 5 door Yaris runs $13,025 in the US and 9,310 pounds in the UK. So given this sort of ratio I would predict a US sale price of around $25k-26k. Not bad considering the sportiness and dieselly goodness, this would compete with the Mini, GTI, and Mazda 3 rather well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Remember when all the coolest cars (minus the exotics) were made or sold in/to America?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the Corolla replacement for Europe, they have had it for a year already, we wont get it, I have no clue why, wouldn't it be cheaper for Toyota to design one Corolla sooner than two and sell one to every market like they used to do.

      This is basically a Corolla with an Auris name, its all metal and plastic, we could get it here for Corolla money. Just my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems a good fit for the Scion brand...
      • 7 Years Ago
      not for that kind of money.
      won't sell for $20K in the US.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well actually, come to think of it: It probably would sell for $20,000.

        The GTI is truly and ugly car and it sells well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, the design isn't good enough to sell for $20,000 here.

        The engine DEFINITELY is. Who even knew Toyota had this engine in their toolbox???

        275 lb-ft torque and 38 mpg?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, the design isn't good enough to sell for $20,000 here.

        The engine DEFINITELY is. Who even knew Toyota had this engine in their toolbox???

        275 lb-ft torque and 38 mpg?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a slick Corolla varient.

      I'd love one as a daily driver and I think many other North Americans would as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the yaris looks better
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like one in Envy Green, please.
      Or any other solid hatch with a 170-180hp diesel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Germany it is sold since some time as the Toyota Auris 2,2D-Cat for 24,250Euro as 3 door and 24,950Euro as 5 door. Both have the same 2.2l 177PS(175bhp) diesel engine. The main different to all other Auris models. The strong 2.2l diesel has a independent rear suspension not the cheap torsionbar suspension that is fit in all other Auris.
      Topspeed 210km/h 0-62mph 8.1s average consuption 37.9mpg (US) or 6.2l/100km US curbweight 3050lbs. europen weight (incl driver) 3200lbs. CO2 164gr/km emission rule Euro4.

      Technical data and price sheet Toyota Germany.

      This Toyota is nothing special in Europe... modern europen 2.0l diesel engines already have jumped over the 200hp mark runing on lower emission and consuption rating as this Auris 2.2l diesel...

      Example BMW 123d (The engine of the 123d is a 2.0l with 1995ccm) 5door hatch
      204hp 400Nm
      0-62mph 6.9s
      topspeed 238km/h (149mph)
      average consuption 45mpg (US)
      highway consuption 53mpg (US)
      city 36mpg(US)
      CO2 136gr/km
      that all with RWD

      Sure the 204hp 123d is 6000Euro more expansive as the Auris... but for nearly the same price (1000Euro more as the Auris 5 door) as the Auris you get the 120d (5door) with 177hp still better drive perfromance (7.5s 228km/h) and much better consuption (48mpg average) and CO2 rating (128gr/km)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been a Toyota/Toyota product driver for over 25 years. There is nothing better. Still, they are pricey & always have been. This is a really cute car & would be a really good seller in the US, but again, the pricing is too high for all of the problems with the US economy right now. People are "bargain shopping", but still feel the heat of a sharp little car. Maybe if it sold around $18k, it could make a go. And for those people who pointed out the lackluster sales on models such as the MR2 (which I owned & absolutely LOVED!), pricing was what shot them in the foot. The MR2 lost out to the Mazda Miata only because of price. Toyota would do well to revisit what happened to their great "stylish" cars & why they didn't sell here - I think they'll eventually have to agree that they priced themselves out of the market. Americans still love sporty & want some HP, too, but they also have to consider their wallets in these times, so maybe Toyota should rethink their profit margin & make it up with increased sales. Mazda did it - so can they.

      I drive a Scion Tc right now & I love it. Toyota creates vehicles that are youth-oriented, but I'm a baby boomer, & believe me, we LOVE fast & furious, with some comfort thrown in for the long haul. I haven't owned an American-made vehicle in 30 years (since I bought my first Toyota), although, I do go & check out the ones that look really good every year - the workmanship just cannot compare.

      I've owned a Corolla, Celica, MR2, Lexus 300S, and Scion, & my daughter has owned a Camry, Paseo, Solara & Rav4, so we've pretty much owned a vehicle in most model classes.

      So, Toyota, consider giving us some price breaks. You can afford it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd actually consider one, because a hot hatch that could run on biodiesel would be the ultimate daily driver.
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