ON THE MOVE

A sharper aes­thetic, a sharper Auris

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Toy­ota’s pulled out all the stops for this third it­er­a­tion of the Auris. It’s hard not to no­tice the fresh-faced C-seg­ment hatch­back, a stal­wart from the land of samu­rais and ra­men, thanks to a more dy­namic vis­age, a strong vis­ual clue to the dy­namism that lies be­neath its sharp creases.

It will come in two vari­ants in South Africa: a 1,2-litre turbo-charged petrol en­gine or a 1,8-litre hy­bridised ver­sion (launch­ing early 2019).

Across all de­riv­a­tives you can bank on power plants that push the en­ve­lope in fuel-ef­fi­ciency, with a strong em­pha­sis on green cre­den­tials, most notably a small car­bon foot­print.

It’s un­der­pinned by Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture, the en­gi­neer­ing foun­da­tion the brand em­ploys in the con­struc­tion of its lat­est gen­er­a­tion of pas­sen­ger cars. Here it ex­tends to a so­phis­ti­cated, in­de­pen­dent front and rear sus­pen­sion, en­dow­ing the Auris with a low cen­tre of grav­ity that will re­sult in a very re­spon­sive and en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

That’s the “bite” to match its new styling “bark”, no doubt a re­sult of un­leash­ing the de­sign team and let­ting them have a bit of mis­chief. So it’s lowslung now, an ag­gres­sive wedge with im­pos­ing street pres­ence and or­nately jewelled via front and rear lamp clus­ters.

Add to this ex­cit­ing pack­age Toy­ota’s safety tech and mul­ti­me­dia con­nec­tiv­ity and the new Auris looks to be more Auris than ever be­fore.

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