Changes for the Toyota Auris as the engines get more economical and trim levels are revised.
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Following on from the introduction of the 1.33-litre Stop & Start Auris late last year, the rest of the range has now been upgraded to ‘Toyota Optimal Drive’ status – Toyota’s equivalent of BMW’s EfficientDynamics.
A new 1.6-litre ‘Valvematic’ petrol engine leads the charge, but the remaining engines from the existing line-up all see improvements as well.
New Auris engines
The 1.6 Valvematic is closely related to the Valvematic engines introduced in the latest . It’s both more powerful and more efficient than the non-Valvematic 1.6 it replaces. Power is up from 123bhp to 131bhp, while fuel economy improves from 39.8mpg to 43.5mpg – or 40.9mpg to 45.6mpg with the optional ‘MultiMode’ automatic gearbox. CO2 levels drop as low as 146g/km.
A new, more efficient injection system for the 1.4 D-4D turbodiesel means this now returns up to 60.1mpg and CO2 as low as 125g/km. The 2.0 D-4D turbodiesel gains a particulate filter and high pressure injection (2,000 bar) to achieve 54.3mpg and 138g/km CO2. Similarly the 2.2 D-4D exclusively available in the , where high pressure injection achieves 47.1mpg and 158g/km.
However, the 1.33 remains the only Auris available with an automatic stop-start system.
Just four trim levels are now offered: T2, TR, T Spirit and SR180. Tweaks to equipment specification are very minor.
The revised Toyota Auris is on sale now. Prices start at £12,900 for the 1.33 petrol three-door in T2 specification, rising to £18,965 for the 2.2 D-4D five-door SR180. The 1.6 Valvematic costs from £13,895.
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