Toyota Auris Touring Sports revealed
The Touring Sports version – a rival to the likes of the Ford Focus Estate, Hyundai i30 Tourer and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – has the same wheelbase as the hatchback, but its overall length is 285mm longer.
The extended roofline features a sloping rear screen, aluminium roof rails and an integrated rear spoiler. The loading lip is 80mm lower than the hatchback's for added practicality, while the loadbay is more than 750mm deeper than its sibling's.
This is the first time that the Auris has been produced in estate form. The Auris Touring Sports will also be the first estate car in its category to be offered with a full hybrid powertrain alongside conventional petrol and diesel versions.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sport gets a lower load lip and deeper loadbay than its hatchback counterpart
Engine options will include 1.3- and 1.6-litre petrols, a choice of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines and a 1.8-litre full hybrid powertrain with standard CVT automatic transmission.
Toyota says it expects a five-star Euro NCAP rating for the Auris Touring Sports, thanks to the inclusion of stability control, brake assist and seven airbags.
The Toyota Auris Touring Sports will go on sale in 2013.
This is the first time the Toyota Auris has been offered in estate form - and the first full hybrid in its class
By Pete Barden