The Toyota Prius V has a lot to recommend it, but adventurous and sporty styling is not in its repertoire. That's why this new Auris Touring Sports has our attention. Claimed to be the "first full hybrid estate car" in the compact class, this two-box Auris has genuine visual panache to go with its load-lugging capability and parsimonious fuel economy. In the metal, we think its v-shaped grille and headlamp treatment acquits itself better than it does on the new RAV4, a model that shares its new design language.

Built by Toyota UK, the Auris Touring Sports hybrid is powered by a familiar-sounding 1.8-liter gas engine paired with an electric motor, with total system output quoted at 134 horsepower. The model will also be available in a variety of gas or diesel trims if you prefer your vehicle sans electrification (a non-hybrid model is shown). It goes on sale later this year in Europe, but don't hold your breath to see one in North America. Still interested? Scroll below to see a couple of videos and to read the official press release.




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THE NEW TOYOTA AURIS TOURING SPORTS

KEY POINTS
- British-built Auris Touring Sports range includes the first full hybrid estate car in family/compact car segment
- Clever hybrid system packaging means there is no compromise in loadspace size and capacity
- Class-leading CO2 emissions of 86g/km for hybrid, plus significantly lower NOx and particulate emissions compared to diesel cars with comparable performance
- Class-leading luggage capacity, up to 1,658 litres
- Superb versatility with Easy-Flat one-touch rear seat folding system, double-level loadspace floor and new two-way tonneau cover

15/02/13 -- The new, British-built Auris Touring Sports introduces a wagon/estate car body style to Toyota's Auris range for the first time. It's also the first model in its class to offer the choice of a full hybrid powertrain, marking further diversification of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

Auris Touring Sports offers dynamic design, best-in-segment functionality and large, flexible loadspace. As the hybrid battery is located beneath the rear seats, there is no compromise in the size of the loadspace and its luggage capacity. The new model will broaden the appeal of Auris and is expected to help increase the model's European segment share to more than five per cent by 2014, its first full year of sales.

Auris Touring Sports is built exclusively by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) at its factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire, alongside the Auris hatchback and Avensis models.

Design and packaging
Auris Touring Sports has the same 2,600mm wheelbase and 10.4m turning circle as its sister 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.

As well as being more capacious than its rivals, Auris Touring Sports offers better functionality, too. It is unmatched in offering Toyota's one-touch Easy-Flat folding rear seat system, a dual-level loadspace floor and a two-way tonneau cover (standard on Icon, Sport and Excel grades), a roller-type luggage net, shopping bag hooks, aluminium roof rails and a 12V power outlet in the boot.

As witnessed in the new Auris hatchback, the strong and distinctive exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits that come with the model's lower overall height and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower centre of gravity.

It shares the same front-end treatment as the hatch, displaying key elements from Toyota's new design language with focus on emphasising the car's width and low stance in the shape and arrangement of the lower grille, front bumper and fog lights, together with a keen-edged look created by the narrower upper grille and headlamp units.

In profile it also shares the hatchback's steeply raked windscreen, which flows into an extended roofline with aluminium roof rails and an integral rear spoiler. Some versions of Auris Touring Sports will be available with a Skyview panoramic roof; measuring 1,553 by 960mm, it is one of the largest in its class and increases the sense of light and space in the new interior.

The extended three-panel side glazing is emphasised by blacked out pillars, with a piano-black finish to the central B-pillar. The effect is underscored by a chrome trim above the powerful crease along the car's rising beltline.

At the rear there is new a bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 100mm lower than on the hatchback, and a 'floating' chrome-finished spoiler. As on the hatchback models, the design of the rear lamp units reinforces the shape of the rear wing, as well as the new D-pillar design and rear screen.

Driving performance
Auris Touring Sports reinforces Toyota's commitment to improving the dynamic abilities of its vehicles to give customers a more engaging driving experience. To this end, it carries forward all the improvements made in the new Auris hatchback.

These include a more rigid bodyshell, a lower centre of gravity, improved suspension and steering, a better driving position and improved NVH performance.

It will be available in the UK with the same powertrain options as the hatch: 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol units; the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel; and full hybrid – a first in the family/compact estate car market.

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/100kW. This enables nought to 62mph acceleration in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 112mph.

Conversely the hybrid's CO2 emissions are a class-leading 86g/km; indeed emissions performance across the range is highly competitive with the 1.33 and 1.6 petrol units rated at 127 and 139g/km respectively and the 1.4 D-4D diesel at 109g/km.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quite nice looking Toyota.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this thing is ugly -- kind of surprising to see I may be the only one.
        turbo_awd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        You're not - I think the Prius is better looking. Not sure what AB was smoking when they described the styling - unless they just cut-and-pasted from the press release??
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! Kia Cee`d is much handsome than this. Seriously
        HikerCA
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GOSCH
        Too bad Kia's reliability is such rubbish in North America
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not seeing the "...genuine visual panache ...". Looks kind of generic except for the overwrought front end
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        Overwrought? This is the most stylish and understated front end I\'ve seen in a while and I frankly like its European \"flavor.\" (see Sandos comment)
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfonso T. Alvarez
        (seen in a while from Toyota...) Also, I WISH we had more of these instead of heavy crossovers that suck up more gas just so people can live in denial that they\'re really driving a minivan.
      Hitchslap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahh, c´mon guys...I normally don´t like Toyotas design but we gotta give them credit this time...It looks clean and stylish.. Although the interior makes me wonder what they had in mind...simplification of the dashboard parts??
      HikerCA
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the next generation Toyota Matrix for North America. Definitely a step up from the current design.
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HikerCA
        I take offense to that statement. The current Matrix has no design. Its the biggest re-design fail ive ever seen. And this is coming from someone who owns a previous Matrix and likes the formula a lot. But the current one?! heavier, numb, same damn interior, worse fuel economy, and ugly tall and ugly. such a shame. The Auris hatch would make a good matrix replacement (but i would guess these will all arrive as Corollas)
      Edward
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not nearly weird enough for the usual hybrid buyer, who wants the world to know about his distinctive taste and refinement.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edward
        On the other hand, your comment has just the right amount of disdain to let the world know that you don't like hybrids or their owners.
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      It cannot be a Prius V alternative - Prius V is a 7-seater, Auris sits 5 only. Not to mention that Auris comes with gas, diesel and hybrid versions, while Prius V is hybrid only. More importantly, can I have an Auris? A hybrid in white, please? :-)
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        Unfortunately in the U.S. we don\'t get the 7 seater which is a definite shame :-(
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      Civic Tourer concept- great. This thing- blob.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, Toyota interiors sure do look yucky!
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a Toyota hater, but I like it. It\'s pretty cool looking.
      Jason Golden
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not that a Prius V is bad looking, but it starts looking lumpy when compared to the traditional, elegant lines of the Auris wagon.
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Golden
        I totally agree. It is just that - more elegant. That\'s not to take away from the Prius V, but it looks good.
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