The Paris Motor Show (27th September) will showcase the latest Auris family hatchback from Toyota.
Set to pit its wits against the formidable in-class Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and VW Golf, the second generation Auris will be lighter, cheaper and better looking (although a little bit Vauxhally?) than its first generation counterpart.
The re-design is thought to be an attempt to lure a slightly younger demographic towards the Auris. Built in Derbyshire, the new Auris is definitely sportier and more sculpted. The car is 30mm longer and an impressive 55mm lower than its predecessor.
The lower riding position increases the fun factor, while steering and suspension have also been given an upgrade. There’s high-tensile steel in the body for improved rigidity while weight has been reduced by 40kg.
Internally, the spec has been given a similar makeover. There’s 20mm more rear leg room, load space has been improved by 90mm and there’s an impressive 360 litre boot.
The new Auris is the only car to provide all three powertrains – hybrid, petrol and diesel. The diesel is 1.4-litre and petrol 1.3 or 1.6-litre. A 2.0 litre version is being rumoured for release next year.
No prices were available at time of writing, but expect it to be in the £12-16,000 bracket.