Toyota fans will welcome news that the motoring press has published the first spy shots of a brand new Toyota Auris. The car was spotted on a test drive near Toyota's Belgian test facility.
Although details are rather sketchy at this stage, it is very likely that the car will be fitted with a range of engines that offer both better economy and lower emissions than their predecessors. This means a range of conventional four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines offering power output of between 100 and 180bhp and also an electric-petrol hybrid delivering 136bhp. Inside sources report that an all-electric plug-in model will be ready for the car's official launch.
Such a system would allow the car to run for 20 miles in battery mode and a further 400 miles with the conventional engine. A Toyota Prius with a similar drive-train claims a fuel consumption figure of 120 miles per gallon.
Although the test car was heavily camouflaged, it is clear that the latest model's design was inspired by the new Toyota Yaris, which was released not too long ago. The car will be substantially bigger than the one it replaces. This means more interior space for both rear and front passengers and additional luggage space as well. The bigger boot will also house the plug-in model's batteries.
The car will be fitted with Toyota's Touch and Go multimedia system. This enables the driver to control virtually everything, from the integrated Bluetooth system to the rear-facing camera. It can even send text messages and tweets.
Interested car buyers should prepare themselves for a price tag of £12,995 and £20,000 for this one!
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