While most automakers are busy revamping their hatchbacks, Toyota is up with a whole new ball game. The Japanese automakers are not set to introduce a whole new approach to hatchbacks (subcompacts) with the new 2018 Toyota Auris.
As per leaked information, this new Toyota Auris is in its early development stages and might be revealed to the unsuspecting public by the 2nd half of 2017. Several rendered images and spy shots have now come up which showcase how the model’s going to be like.
Also known as Scion iM in North American markets. Toyota Auris have had created quite a deep impression both in the U.S and Australian markets. This car marking its prominence as a functional subcompact with mid-level powertrain. Toyota Auris can put out a powerful performance with versatile capabilities.
2018 Toyota Auris Engine Specs
As part of the generation update, this upcoming Toyota Auris will use a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. With several tweaks done here and there, the outputs of this engine might surpass 120 HP of power and 137 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options will vary with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.
Despite the sheer engine size, acceleration of this model might go as 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. As far as fuel economy goes, improved figures might stay close to 22 mpg city/ 25 mpg highways/ 23 mpg combined. An addition of a new 2018 Toyota Auris Hybrid powertrain is highly possible.
The specific details on redesigned exterior are still vague as the test model in the spy shots wears a heavy disguise. On the other hand, this heavy camouflaging is also a hint to the fact that significant changes are on the cards.
Toyota Auris 2018 is suspected to retain the V-shaped signature grille while flaunting some new stylistic chrome highlights. This sleek design of the grille accentuates headlights, speaking of which, will get blackened recess that deviates towards the front fenders. The fog light housing will integrate new chrome finishers for coming on par with the air intake.
Both front and rear bumpers are expected to grow in size. The rear bumper in specific is supposed to protrude dramatically from the lift gate. New 18-inch bi-spoke cast alloy wheels with all-season tires will come as standard.
The interior cabin of Toyota Auris 2018 is to be focused more towards functionality while maintaining a high level of comfort and sophistication. The dashboard is supposed to hold one of the biggest changes as the controls will be thoroughly rearranged. Also, the steering wheel will be based on a telescopic column and integrate heating function.
This in-cab ought to be way quiet too as Toyota is reported to use industry-grade sound-deadening materials in the floor and door panels. The AC vents are to be revisited too, and 2nd row seats will share AC controls.
Pricing and Competitors
The 2018 Toyota Auris price is believed to start at around $19,500 and reach up to $29,000. Last but not the least, rivalry for this model will be from the likes of Opel Astra, Ford Focus, Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf.