In 2007, Toyota released an all-new hatchback model that was based on the Toyota Corolla and dubbed it the Auris , in most markets. In fact, in the Australian and New Zealand markets, the Auris is called the Corolla Hatchback.
Since its debut in 2007, the Auris has remained relatively unchanged, but also vastly popular. We have heard rumors that a newly redesigned Auris would hit showrooms soon, but no one knew exactly how far Toyota would take its design. All of that is in the past now, as Toyota has chosen to release a plethora of information on this revamped hatchback.
Not all of the details are available yet, but there is enough information and plenty of pictures to help us come to an initial determination if this model will continue its success or simply fizzle away.
UPDATE 08/29/12: We’re not quite sure what Toyota’s rationale was when they released the new commercial ad for the Auris. At the very least, though, it’s something that catches your attention from the get-go. Titled "DAS × AURIS BUTTOCKS DRIVE!!”, the commercial features Avu-chan, a 19-year old lead singer of a Japanese glamrock band that also happens to be a transgender woman. Check out the video and see the commercial for yourself!
To find out exactly what we think of the 2013 Toyota Auris/Corolla , click past the jump.
The overall shape of the Auris remains essentially the same, as expected. However, there are plenty of aesthetic and body changes to note.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the headlights are completely new, as they are thin and angled rearward. The grille is in a “V” shape and the headlights look as if they are integrated with this V-shaped grille. It bears somewhat of a Camry-like front end.
The front fascia is all brand new and boasts a pair of chrome-surrounded fog lights. The lower grille has three horizontal bars with a chrome surround. The original Auris had a pretty short front end that gives it a somewhat funny look. Toyota fixed this by lengthening the 2013 Auris by 30 mm 1.18 inches, which seems like very little, but it’s plenty to extend its hood enough to give the Auris more reasonable proportions.
Down the side of the car, you get sharp body lines, including a high belt line. The total profile is lowered from the previous generation by 55 mm (2.16 inches). This helps improve its aerodynamics and brings its center of gravity down to help improve its handling. The rear wheel arches are designed to reduce the size of the gap between the top of the rear tires and the bottom of the wheel arch. This helps eliminate the weird lifted rear end look that many compact hatchbacks have.
The rear end of the all-new Auris is completely revised, as well. Its taillights are a horizontal style and feature sharp angles. The rear window on the 2013 Auris is slightly smaller than the previous generation, but it boasts a much more stylistic look. The rear bumper features a plastic insert in the center that gives it a little added detail and a set of reflectors that recess into the farthest ends of the bumper.
There are seven exterior colors available, but Toyota only lists one color so far, which is Avant-garde Bronze Metallic.
The previous generation Auris was a flat and very boring-looking hatchback – it was actually somewhat Yaris-looking. With this new rendition, Toyota really went to bat and brought in a winner.
Toyota didn’t just slap a new body on the sport-enhancing revision to the Auris, as it also received interior revision to help enhance its owner’s driving experience. Th concept of the Auris was not changed, however, as it still boasts a ton of cargo room for its size.
The front seats sit 40 mm (1.57 inches) lower than the previous generation and the steering wheel is at a different angle. These two features combine to give the driver a sportier feel when driving the Auris. The previous generation felt as if you were driving a small SUV. This may negatively affect shorter owners, but its enhancements will well outweigh the drawbacks.
The seat backs are slightly thinner than the previous generation. These thinner backs allow for more leg room – 20 mm (0.78 inches) for the rear passengers – and additional cargo room. According to the VDA method, the 2013 Auris will be able to haul 360 liters (12.71 cubic-feet) of cargo.
The Auris’ interior aesthetics are fully revamped too, including metallic finish around various functional components, including: door handles, stereo controls, steering wheel and gear shifter. The Auris’ A-pillars are covered in fabric, which is something you rarely see in an economy car. The instrument is also fully padded, as are the arm rests, eliminating that cheap plastic look that many econo-boxes have.
There is a new trim level available in the 2013 model year, which Toyota has dubbed the RS. The RS grade’s seats feature red stitching to set off the interior. It also has an optional panoramic roof window.
There are two interior colors available – black and “greige.”
Other than these details, there is nothing else that Toyota has released on the Auris. In the images released, we can see an infotainment system with about a 7-inch LCD screen and CD player. Unfortunately, Toyota didn’t release any details on this system or any other interior options.
Engines and Transmissions
The Auris is being released in the Japanese and European markets and the two markets have their own set of engines. The 150X trim level in the Japanese market comes with a 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE engine and a Super CVT-i transmission. This engine pumps out 107 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 103 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. This engine gets 18.2 km/L (42.81 mpg) in its base format. With the optional stop-and-start system, this engine jumps up to 19.2 km/L (45.16 mpg). The 150X is available in front- or four-wheel drive.
The JDM Auris 180G and RS will come with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 2ZR-FAE engine that boasts 147 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 180G model comes with the Super CVT-i transmission, but the RS comes with a more suitable 6-speed manual transmission. This engine gets slightly lower gas mileage than the 1.5-liter engine, at 16 km/L (37.63 mpg).
The European market model drivetrain details are not as well known. The Euro market gets a hybrid drivetrain, as well as a 1.4-liter diesel engine, 1.33-liter gasoline engine, and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine. Unfortunately, the horsepower numbers of the European engines were not released. No transmission options were released for the Euro market.
Standard safety features on the Auris include vehicle stability control, traction control, and an impact-absorbing hood. You can opt for automatic high-low beams in the 2013 Auris for some additional safety.
While the European market is still awaiting pricing, the JDM has already released the 2013 Auris’ pricing.
|Model||Yen Pricing||US Converted|
|105X C with FWD||1,710,000||$21,501|
|150X S with FWD||2,169,000||$27,272|
|180 G S||2,210,000||$27,788|
The Toyota Auris has a load of competition in each market, way too many to start picking apart each individual one. Some of its competitors include the Ford Focus , Honda Fit , and the Volkswagen Golf .
Surprisingly, the Auris comes in way under all of the big-name competition’s pricing, giving it a leg up on them all. Add in the fact that it boasts a more stylish exterior than the rest and you have a pretty good buy, and a car that will remain relevant for many years to come. We’re sure the Auris will have its flaws, but with the limited information we have, we say it’s a good buy.
- Stylish exterior
- Luxurious interior for its class
- RS trim level is a great addition
- No matter how "intelligent" a CVT is, it still stinks
- No performance expectations
- Corolla hatchback would sell well in the U.S., Toyota!
Gallery Toyota Auris Hatchback
TMC Launches New ’Auris’ Compact Hatchback in Japan
Toyota City, Japan, August 20, 2012—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the Japan launch today of the completely redesigned "Auris" compact hatchback, a strategic compact model for both Japan and Europe. The vehicle will be sold in Japan through "Netz" dealers.
The completely redesigned Auris integrates the underlying appeal of automobiles—styling and performance—and takes them to a new dimension, based on the vehicle’s aim of establishing a new standard for sports hatchbacks. Specific improvements include a 55 mm height reduction for a lower center of gravity, improved driving performance tempered through extensive drive tests in Europe, and the addition of an enhanced "RS" sport grade. These changes advance the unique image established for the first-generation Auris under the "performance you can feel" concept.
Monthly sales target for Japan: 2,000 units
Assembly Plant: Takaoka Plant, Toyota Motor Corporation
An Inspiring Interior and Exterior Design Typified by the Eye-catching Front View
Based on the new Toyota "Smart Dynamism"2 design theme, the front features unique "Keen Look"3 styling emphasizing the bumper openings, which improve aerodynamic flow and cooling performance, for a dynamic and refined appearance.
Sharp character lines and deeply contoured fenders created by the distinctive shape of the side view express the low center of gravity and powerful dynamism of the Auris.
The rear profile expresses the vehicle’s stability with wheel arches designed to reduce the gap between the body and tires. The rear view emphasizes the stable form achieved by the wide base and low center of gravity, reinforcing the round shape of the hatchback door and conveying dynamism through consistency across the surfaces.
The vehicle dimensions were modified (length increased 30 mm and height reduced 55 mm) to create a low-centered and sleek design with a roomy interior.
A cockpit-like driver’s area that stresses simple driving operation combines with the spacious interior to create a roomy and sporty space. A panoramic glass roof is also available as an option.
The seats were lowered 40 mm for a lower driving position and the steering wheel angle was modified to enhance the feel of sporty driving.
The use of thin seat backs provides more legroom for the rear seats, and the larger cargo space is at the highest levels in its class (360 liters under the VDA method), providing enhanced comfort and convenience.
Metallic finish around functional components such as the door grips, audio controls, steering wheel and gear stick, the use of a fabric covering on the front pillar garnish and a padded surface around the instrument panel convey refined quality.
The vehicle design was tailored for sporty driving and includes sports-type seats created with particular attention to design and fit and a steering wheel design focused on grip comfort.
The RS grade features seats with exclusive red stitching emotive of the spirited driving performance of the Auris, a new optional panoramic roof window extending back to the rear seats and a retractable jackknife key that can also be used as a fashion accessory.
The new Auris is available in a total of seven exterior colors, including the new sporty Avant-garde Bronze Metallic. Two interior colors, black and "greige", are available.
Responsive Driving Fun
The use of a new package and reinforced door openings increase body rigidity by 10 percent and create a lower center of gravity for high maneuverability and stability.
Power steering on 1.8-liter models features brushless motors and a modified gear ratio, improving steering response for more agile driving.
On 1.8-liter models, double wishbone rear suspension provides high levels of stability and cornering performance, giving the vehicle the ability to carve precise lines when cornering. In addition, outstanding vibration control provides comfortable cruising without unpleasant vibration or noise.
A new Sports Mode is available on 1.8-liter CVT models. Improved engine response, quick acceleration and deceleration, and enhanced response during re-acceleration, increase the fun of driving.
In addition, G AI-Shift uses vehicle G-sensors to detect deceleration and turning force, enabling the AI to automatically downshift when entering a corner and to limit unnecessary up shifting when cornering.
The RS grade sports a six-speed manual transmission with modified gear ratio and improved engine control for highly responsive acceleration. Features such as exclusive 16-inch disc brakes combined with special suspension tuning are designed to enhance the joy of driving.
The greatly improved 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE engine combined with CVT control achieves powerful and smooth acceleration with a quiet ride.
Safety and Environmental Performance at the Top of its Class
Front-wheel-drive 1.5-liter models feature a 1NZ-FE engine with a higher compression ratio to raise thermal efficiency and lower friction in various components for higher fuel efficiency. When combined with the high-efficiency Super CVT-i, the result is fuel efficiency—at the top if its class4—of 18.2 km/L in the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT’s) JC08 test cycle.
In addition, the optional Toyota Stop & Start idling-stop function available on 1.5-liter front-wheel drive models increases fuel efficiency even further (19.2 km/L in the JC08 test cycle).
The 2ZR-FAE engine used on 1.8-liter models features improved Valvematic (a continuously variable valve-life and valve-timing mechanism) and Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (Dual VVT-i) technologies, adjusted intake and exhaust valve timing, improved compression ratio, and lower friction to achieve high drive performance and fuel efficiency (16.0 km/L in the JC08 test cycle).
Front-wheel-drive 1.5-liter models meet MLIT 2015 fuel efficiency standards5, while the addition of the optional idling-stop function produces fuel efficiency that exceeds the standards by 10 percent. As a result, all models achieve emissions levels 75 percent lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT’s Approval System for Low-Emission Vehicles and are eligible for tax reductions under the Japanese government’s tax incentive program for environment-friendly vehicles. All models also qualify for incentives under the Japanese government’s Green Taxation System.
Toyota’s Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment System)—Toyota’s proprietary comprehensive environmental impact assessment system—was implemented to efficiently reduce environmental impact throughout the vehicle’s entire lifecycle. Environmental targets were set in the vehicle development stage and a life cycle assessment was carried out, aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and other atmospheric pollutants, not just during the use stage, but also through all stages of the vehicle’s life, from manufacture to disposal.
A review of the materials, processing methods and adhesives used for interior parts resulted in a reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and associated odors.
All Auris models feature an omni-directional compatibility body structure that minimizes body deformation even in collisions with larger vehicles, and new features such as impact-absorbing hoods and bumpers that serve to minimize injuries afflicted on pedestrians in the event of a collision.
Optional SRS side airbags and curtain shield airbags as well as Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) concept seats and seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters (rear seats) provide high safety performance.
Standard on all models, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) manages engine output and the brakes to maintain vehicle stability during vehicle skidding, and Traction Control (TRC) provides easy accelerator control to prevent wheel-spin when accelerating and starting from a stop.
Available automatic high beams, with camera sensor to detect bright light during night-driving, automatically switch from high beams to low beams to ensure front visibility.