Toyota has announced a series of updates to its Auris hatchback range for 2010.
The Toyota Auris is a worthy car, but it’s not a terribly exciting one. Changes for 2010, including new styling and revised steering and suspension, are aimed at increasing excitement levels without alienating the car’s traditionally older clientele.
Sharper looks for Auris
The front end of the Auris has been given a visual makeover, with new bumper, bonnet, headlights and grille. The jutting new rear bumper is supposed to give the car a ‘catamaran’ look, and is accompanied by revised rear light clusters and a new chrome flash above the number plate.
New design alloy wheels complete the exterior package (where fitted), and there are seven new shades of paint to choose from.
Soft-touch interior offers premium feel
On the inside there is new ‘soft-touch’ material on the dash-top, a redesigned centre console that’s supposedly both smarter and clearer, and new silver trimmings. The handbrake has also been redesigned to make it easier to use.
White dial illumination is standard, while the sporty Auris SR gets an amber-coloured light.
More comfortable ride
Most promising news of all, however, is that the suspension and steering on the 2010 Toyota Auris have been retuned.
This has been done with reference to customer feedback, and specifically for European roads. The claimed result is better high-speed stability, ‘secure’ handling and greater ride comfort. The electric power steering is also said to give better feedback while making the Auris feel more agile.
Three engines only for 2010 Auris
Engine choice comprises a 1.33-litre petrol engine with stop-start, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.4-litre ‘D-4D’ turbodiesel. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the option of an automatic on all but the 1.33-litre petrol.
SR for younger Auris buyers
There are three trim levels to choose from: T2, TR and SR. TR is expected to take 80% of sales.
Air conditioning, remote locking and seven airbags are standard on the T2, with USB port, aux-in socket and heated mirrors added for 2010.
TR adds climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, six-speaker stereo and electric rear windows.
The SR features bigger 17-inch alloys, dark tinted headlights and roof spoiler, and is hoping to attract some younger buyers. It is only available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, and costs £500 more than the equivalent TR.
Prices for the 2010 Toyota Auris start at £14,463, and the new model is on sale now.
A full hybrid version using similar technology to the latest joins the range in July.
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