The largest Japanese automaker, also the biggest car company in the world in terms of sales, has opted to refresh one of its most important models in Europe – the compact Auris.
Following last weeks announcement, the automaker has officially premiered in front of the public the facelifted version of the Auris compact during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show. The entire range has been updated with minor stylistic tweaks at the front and back designed to augment the recent, sharper brand image. There are new LED headlights, a more bulging front bumper with the lower grille extending across the entire width of the model. At the back we again find LED’s taking charge, and there’s also a more prominent bumper that has a chrome bar for added upscale panache. There are new 16 and 17 inch alloy options coupled with new body paints. The inside features an improved sound proofing, a new 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster and the dashboard has more soft-touch zones.
Jumping towards the technical details, the facelift adds a newly developed four-cylinder, 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine the delivers 114 bhp (85 kW) and 185 Nm (136 lb-ft) of torque sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. That’s enough for a 10.1 seconds jump to 100 km/h and a top speed of 104 mph (167 km/h). Average fuel consumption stands at 50 mpg – 4.7 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. If the model is equipped with the optional Multidrive S gearbox the mileage rises to 51.1 mpg US or 4.6 liters/100 km with emissions of 106 g/km. Just like in the Avensis, the older 2.0-liter D-4D has been swapped in favor of the more modern 1.6-liter turbodiesel developing 110 bhp (82 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). The engineers also refreshed the 1.4-liter D-4D engine to meet Euro 6 standards.