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2015 Toyota Auris facelift - updated

The 2015 Toyota Auris hatchback and estate will go on sale in the UK later this summer, with new engines and revised styling

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The updated 2015 Toyota Auris will reach the UK later this summer in both hatchback and estate forms.

What is it?

The Auris is the latest Toyota to undergo a thorough refresh, getting a new look at the mid-point of its lifecycle.

The small family car gets a less comprehensive restyle than the recently updated Toyota Avensis and Yaris, but still gets a significant update to the front end. It features a new grille, redesigned headlights and a reshaped lower bumper.

At the side, the car appears slightly longer, thanks to larger overhangs than before, while the rear is also restyled, with a more muscular bumper, relocated lights that now feature LEDs and a new chrome strip across the back.

Inside it gets a redesigned dashboard, with more cleanly integrated lighting and a more consistent shape and finish to the materials. Several details have been redesigned around the cabin, but the most notable addition is a new 4.2in touchscreen on the Hybrid model and higher grade trims.

Toyota has also made upgrades to the Auris's suspension and steering to improve the car's ride and handling, while several changes have been made to reduce the level of noise that makes its way into the cabin.

What equipment does it come with?

Full UK specification levels have yet to be released, but we do know the revised grades will include new Business Edition and Design models. Toyota has also said that there will be new comfort and safety features, including a new Toyota Safety Sense Pack. This brings elements like a pre-collision system, lane departure system, automatic high beam lights and road sign assist.

What engines does it come with?

The Auris gets two new engines as part of its facelift, with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel joining the range.

The 114bhp 1.2-litre is claimed to offer a similar level of performance to a 1.6-litre petrol, and gets from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds and has a top speed of 104mph. It has a claimed fuel economy of 60.1mpg and emissions of 109g/km. The automatic Multidrive S gearbox improves this to 61.4mpg and 106g/km.

The new diesel is a 1.6-litre D-4D unit and replaces a 2.0-litre version in some markets. It is a 110bhp unit and manages 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds and has a 118mph top speed. CO2 emissions are 104g/km, while the official fuel economy is 68.9mpg. Toyota has also extended the servicing intervals on this engine.

The 1.4-litre diesel has also been upgraded to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations, while CO2 output has dropped from 99g/km to 89g/km.

The hybrid model remains unchanged, and is the lowest emitting model with CO2 emissions of 84g/km. The Auris Hybrid is also the best-selling model in the range, accounting for 50% of Auris sales across Europe.

How much does it cost?

The Auris's price is not expected to rise dramatically over the current version, which starts at £14,945 and goes up to £23,990. Full pricing will be revealed closer to the car's launch.

Can I get a discount?

The pre-facelift version is available with savings of between £1600 and £2000. A facelift is not normally something that changes the approach to discounts hugely, so this is likely to continue.