News: Toyota Auris - Now with a feel-good interior

New engines, a finer interior ambience and more assistance systems: Toyota has refreshed the Auris

With a revision wants Toyota Position the Auris better in the highly competitive compact segment. Three years after the market launch, the Japanese are renovating their second most popular model in Germany after the Yaris. The facelift has been used to update the interior and under the bonnet in particular.

There is, for example, a completely new, just 1,2 liter petrol engine that wants to shine with 85 kW / 116 hp and an average consumption of 4,7 liters / 100 km. Or the BMW 1,6-liter diesel with 82 kW / 112 hp (4,3 liters). However, more than half of all Auris buyers to date have opted for the hybrid model, which is why the combination of 1,8-liter petrol engine and electric motor has been refined again, now only consumes 3,5 liters according to EU standards and shines with 2 g of CO79 emissions.

Visually, the front view is dominated by two chrome clasps that stretch across the entire width of the vehicle and emphasize the new LED headlights. At the rear, the animal-drawn bumper with side reflectors catches the eye, which in turn ensures rear width. All in all, a subtle facelift that only becomes apparent when you take a closer look.

The interior has changed more, the ambience has been refined. The materials have a significantly higher quality than in the current Auris and are always supplemented with applications in piano lacquer look or chrome. The centerpiece is the new 7-inch monitor of the navigation and entertainment system. Its deep black, silver-coated surface underlines the high-tech standard on the outside. A small additional screen between the two large round instruments follows the same logic.

Even in the increasingly important chapter electronic helpers, the Auris now offers significantly more: the high-beam assistant automatically fades out, the lane-keeping assistant beeps when you cross a solid line, the traffic sign assistant detects speed signs and colors the display of the permitted speed when it is exceeded bright red. Most importantly, the emergency braking function: the laser sensor and camera monitor the terrain in front of the bonnet up to 85 km / h. If an obstacle is discovered and the driver does not react, the Auris warns and starts emergency braking at the last possible moment. The system costs 550 euros extra.

Author: Peter Maahn / SP-X

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