TOYOTA AURIS COMPACT CAR HATCHBACK is heating up in Europe as most major carmakers have already presented or are getting ready to launch new models into the market.
The new proposals range from the upscale and pricier 2013MY Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class to the mainstream and more affordable Kia Cee’d, the upcoming VW Golf MK7 and of course, the second generation of the Auris.
Following the 2013 Auris’ online debut on Monday ahead of a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month, Toyota’s Japanese division released new photos and a video of the domestic market model that will be sold through its “Netz” dealers – hence the different logo on the front grille.
While you won’t find any other styling differences between the European and Japanese (JDM) market specification models, the JDM Auris is offered with a different set of engines, a more extensive options list and a wider variety of trim levels.
In Japan, the Auris is available with a choice of two four-cylinder petrol engines. The base 1.5-liter unit produces 107hp (109PS) in the front-wheel drive (FWD) model and 103hp (105PS) when opted with AWD. This engine is linked exclusively to Toyota’s Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) and can be optionally combined with a fuel-saving Start/Stop system.
The larger 1.8-liter unit is available only with FWD and generates 140hp (143PS) in all trims expect the RS Grade that gets a sports exhaust system to lift output to 143hp (144PS). Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual and the Super CVT-i.
Those looking for a sportier appearance can opt for the Modellista variants that are fitted with a grounds effect kit and larger alloy wheels or choose from a selection of accessories from the firm’s TRD shop.
Toyota said it has set a monthly sales target for Japan of 2,000 units with prices ranging from RM70K