The Japanese automaker – which has for some time excluded itself from its usual dull image – is trying to animate one of the most sensible, but still uninteresting compact cars available in Europe, the Auris.
Toyota has decided to try and add a little bit of extra to the Auris, without actually modifying the price and drive away budged-oriented customers. There’s a catch – this version is focused on the station wagon, described by Toyota as the Sports Touring, and this new Freestyle is actually a limited special series. Design wise, exclusive elements include an aluminum finish for both the front and rear underbody protection, a black front grille, rear privacy glass, and silver door mirror caps. There’s also a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels with black and machined silver trim for the five double-spoke appearance – while the side skirts and wheel arch covers also get darker.
Toyota is letting customers choose any of the available powertrains – gasoline, diesel or hybrid – and orders can be placed starting this December, with deliveries coming early in 2018. In related news, the 2018 model year Auris lineup features a new blue option for the Bi-tone models, along with an optional Manhattan Grey shade, as well as a new metallic paint, black front grille, and black side sills.