Toyota Auris Touring
Paris Motor Show 2012 marked the debut of an all-new Toyota estate in the form of the Auris Touring Sports.
This is actually more of a business exercise for Toyota than a car they wanted to be the best in its class. Wagon variants currently represent 25% of the mainstream C-segment sales mix, and the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports will be the first wagon in the segment available with a full hybrid powertrain.
Looking pretty much like the hatchback, but with greater loadspace or luggage capacity, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports represents a further diversification of Toyota’s application of its HSD full hybrid powertrain. It ill be competing with the likes of the new Mazda6 estate.
As with the new Auris hatchback, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports’ bold, dynamic exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits of the model’s reduction in overall height, and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower centre of gravity.
Sharing its 2,600 mm wheelbase, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the hatchback, all of which is dedicated to the extended loadspace of the new wagon. The new Auris Touring Sports shares the hatchback’s new frontal design, which combines Toyota’s Under Priority design language with Keen Look detailing to give the new wagon a powerful yet elegant road presence.
In profile, the wagon also shares the hatchback’s steeply raked windscreen, which flows into an extended roofline featuring anodised aluminium roof rails and an integral rear spoiler. The extended, three-panel side glazing features blacked-out pillars, including a piano black finish to the B pillar, and is underscored by chrome-accented trim above the bodywork’s powerful, rising beltline crease.
To the rear, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports features a new bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 80 mm lower than that of the hatchback and the number plate raised to maintain balance in the proportions. As with the rest of the Auris range, a new, wraparound rear combination lamp design reinforces the dynamic shape of the rear wing, new D pillar design and rear screen.
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