On the Toyota’s stand at the Geneva Auto Show, all eyes were on the automaker’s new Supra concept such that many enthusiasts missed the new, third-generation 2019 Toyota Auris. The hatch which is built in Britain with the European market in mind debuted in a five-door hatchback body. Although the Auris brand is not sold in the U.S., it is almost identical to the Corolla iM hatchback sold in North America and as such gives us a preview of the iM hatch. Having been in the market for 8 years, the hatchback seriously needed extensive revisions; the model has gained a bold exterior design that will definitely rattle the VW Golf; it has also discontinued its previous diesel mill in favor of more environment-friendly hybrid power-trains.
2019 Toyota Auris Exterior and interior design
The Auris has a new body that looks much more vibrant than the current model. Under the body is the TNGA platform which underpins other Toyota hybrids like the C-HR and Prius. Use of the TNGA platform has resulted in a lower COG for the hatch and has helped improve the rigidity of its body shell and the multi-link rear suspension. Use of high-strength steel in the model’s body shell has also helped improve its rigidity. Due to these enhancements, Toyota says drivers will find the Auris more exciting.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2019 Auris hatchback is 40mm longer, 30mm wider and 25mm lower all courtesy of the TNGA platform. The extra length was added between the axles which has helped increase cabin space. The front overhang is 20mm shorter to give the car better proportions.
There is an option for a two-tone paint finish that makes the model look more appealing. Other new features include LED headlights and taillights, aggressive bumpers (both front and rear) and a lower grille that highlights the hatch’s larger width.
The hatch that was showcased at Detroit had tinted windows meaning the automaker is yet to finalize on its interior detailing. Expect the cabin to be significantly different than that of the current model. The cabin will likely borrow design cues, mostly on the technology department from the C-HR and Prius.
Engine and performance
As revealed earlier, the 2019 Toyota Auris has ditched the diesel mill in favor of more economical engines. The model comes with two hybrid power-trains. The base hybrid mill features a 1.8 L, engine that links with an electric motor for a total of 120 hp. This is the same engine used on the C-HR and the Prius. The more powerful hybrid option features a 2.0 L mill and an electric motor; it is good for 178 hp. This mill will also feature steering wheel-mounted paddles to enhance engagement. Base models of the Auris will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2 L, gasoline engine good for 114 hp. It is not clear if Toyota will sell a hybrid model in the U.S. market.
Price and release date
The 2019 Toyota Auris will be built in Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, UK. Toyota has upgraded the plant at a cost of £240m to make it ready for TNGA production. Sales of the hatch will begin before the end of this year Official prices are yet to be released but a starting price of £20,000 is likely.
In addition to the VW Golf, the 2019 Toyota Auris hatch competes with the Ford Focus.