- Sep 11, 2009
Frankfurt Preview: Toyota Auris HSD concept leaks ahead of debut
Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
Toyota will be bringing a number of concept vehicles to the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, including a plug-in version of its Prius hybrid that uses a lithium ion battery pack in lieu of the standard model's nickel metal hydride unit. While that car is understandably generating the most press, the Japanese automaker also plans to debut the Auris HSD Full Hybrid concept in Germany, and it also deserves our attention.
While Toyota is officially calling this car a concept, its widely expected that the car is nearly ready for production. The final version of the Auris Hybrid will be assembled in Toyota's Burnaston, Derbyshire plant starting in the middle of next year, and it will go on sale shortly thereafter. This car shares much of its underpinnings with the Lexus HS 250h and will likely be equipped with a 1.8-liter four cylinder powerplant mated up with the automaker's Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Expect a few extras appropriate for concept car duty when the Auris HSD is officially unveiled next week, including what appears to be a show car-spec interior and full solar roof. See for yourself in the gallery of leaked images below.