New Toyota Auris at Paris Motor Show

  • We bring details of Toyota's all-new Auris
  • Firm promises improvement in driving dynamics
  • Petrol, diesel and hybrid versions will be available

Toyota is set to unveil a new version of its Ford Focus-rivalling Auris at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Consisting of petrol, diesel and petrol/electric hybrid models, the next generation range of Auris will be built exclusively in the UK at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

Promising a redesigned interior and exterior, the Japanese manufacturer also claims to have improved efficiency across the Auris range. Crucially, driving dynamics have been given some work too – one of the areas the current generation really struggles with when compared to the likes of the Ford Focus and the VW Golf.

Alongside the hybrid Auris, there’s set to be a 1.4-litre diesel engine and a pair of petrol engines displacing 1.3- and 1.6-litres.

The new car is 55mm lower, 30mm longer and has a six-litre bigger boot (rising to 360 litres) with a wider opening than the previous model. Inside, rear occupants get 20mm more knee room and there’s 90mm more loadspace room.

It’s also slightly more aerodynamic, which should help fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This will be further accentuated by a lower kerb weight – up to 40kg depending on which version you choose.

Toyota’s new corporate ‘face’ makes an appearance, and the Auris will be available with one of the largest panoramic roofs in its sector – dubbed Skyview.

Further specifications and pricing will be available when the car is officially launched at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.