This is the 2010 Euro-spec Toyota Auris, which adopts the exterior changes made to the Japan market car late last year. Nothing radical, just a new bumper with integrated fog lamps, new headlights, a new grille, side mirrors with repeaters, new alloys, rear lights, some chrome and a new rear bumper for the “catamaran” look.
Inside, there are changes to the Optitron instrument cluster (now in white) and higher quality soft-feel plastics on the dash. The handbrake comes in a new shape and the centre console gets a silver finish. The cabin also features new cloth upholstery.
Under the skin, Toyota has fine-tuned the Auris’ suspension to better suit European roads, resulting in stable high-speed driving with secure handling and greater ride comfort, it is claimed. The speed-sensitive EPS has also been revised to deliver better feedback and agility. The current range of engines and six-speed manual and MultiMode transmissions are retained – there’s a 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i with Stop & Start, 1.6 Valvematic petrol and a 1.4 D-4D diesel.
A British built Auris Hybrid with the Prius drivetrain will be launched in July. One more image after the jump.