This is the production version of the hybrid Toyota Auris HSD, which debuts at Geneva this week. Gone is the weird blue dashboard of the concept car. Two versions will be offered in Europe – one which does 89g/km of CO2 in emissions and 74.3mpg while another does a wee bit less eco-friendly numbers at 93g/km of CO2 and 70.6mpg. on the combined cycle. But Toyota’s press release only mentions one engine variant – the 1.8 litre VVT-i with an electric motor so I have no idea what makes the numbers different.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system’s 1.8 litre VVT-i engine is mated with a 60kW electric motor. The 1.8 litre engine itself only makes 97 horses at 5,200rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, while the 60kW motor makes a peak torque of 207Nm between 0rpm all the way up to 13,000rpm. Peak combined output is 134hp. But of course if the Auris HSD is anything like a Prius, during a drive everything just works in the background and all you feel is a CVT-like engine note accompanied by a very soft electric whine depending on what mode the system is in.

Compared to a regular Auris, the Auris HSD is lightly more aerodynamic at 0.283 Cd compared to 0.290 Cd. The Auris HSD’s upper front grille opening has been optimised to promote a smooth flow of air over the upper half of the body, and the lower grille has been made larger to reduce airflow resistance and improve engine cooling efficiency. The flat, vertical surface of the corners of the front bumper corrects the airflow as it passes over the front wheels, helping minimise turbulence in the wheelarches. Ride height has been reduced by 5mm, and finally the alloy wheels are of a special aerodynamic design and are wrapped with low rolling-resistance tyres.

Look after the jump for a hi-res gallery.

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