Revamped Toyota Auris revealed

* Restyled inside and out * New SR trim level * Prices start at 14,463...

Revamped Toyota Auris revealed

A revised version of the Toyota Auris is now on sale, with updated looks, new suspension and higher-quality materials in the cabin.

The most obvious changes to the car are in the way it looks, with a new front bumper and headlamps, as well as a revised bonnet and a new grille that adopts the family look of the latest Avensis and Verso.

Indicators are now built into the door mirrors, and the rear bumper and lights are also revised. Inside, there's new soft-touch material across the top of the dashboard, as well as a redesigned centre console.

Under the skin
The suspension has been retuned in an effort to improve the car's ride and handling, while the steering has been revised to give better feedback.

The engine range now comprises just three units the existing 1.33 (with engine start-stop system) and 1.6 petrol units, along with a 1.4 diesel. The car is now available in just three trim levels: the existing T2 and TR models along with a new sporty SR trim.

Entry-level T2 now has heated door mirrors and an aux-in socket to connect MP3 players. Mid-range TR is expected to account for 80% of sales, and gets alloy wheels, four electric windows and climate control.

Range-topping SR trim comes with the 1.6-litre engine and in the five-door body. It comes with 17-inch alloys, tinted windows and a roof spoiler.

Prices for the range are almost identical to those of the current range, starting from 14,463 for the 1.33 T2 3dr and increasing to 17,745 for the 1.4D TR 5dr.

The range will be extended further with the addition of the HSD hybrid model, using the same engine and drivetrain as the company's Prius. Full details will be announced nearer its on-sale date in July.