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This is supposed to be the first official image of the all-new Toyota Auris, leaked and currently circulating online ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.

Tape up the badge and we’ll be able to tell that it’s a modern Toyota, thanks the brand’s current look of a slim grille and headlamps combo paired to a large lower grille. It’s also an evolution of the face of the outgoing Auris and our Corolla Altis facelift, but with an “open mouth”.

The mouth in question reminds me of the one on our Camry Hybrid, with fog lamps situated on the widest points of the hexagon. The winged headlamps are a stand out design feature here, and they remind us of those on the JDM Toyota Mark X. Is this also the face of the next-gen Corolla sedan?

On the sides, it’s obvious that the new Auris a.k.a. Corolla Hatchback features shapelier bodywork than before, and the shape of the daylight opening has been altered at the rear part. The character line now rises to meet the edge of the glass area instead of aiming straight for the tail lamps. Sporty two-tone wheels complete our observations.

Word is that three engines will be available for Europe, starting with a 1.2 litre turbo-four with 116 hp. There will also be a 122 hp 1.8 litre hybrid powertrain as seen in the C-HR Hybrid and Prius as well as a range-topping 2.0 litre hybrid combo with 180 hp. There are no plans for a diesel option – diesel isn’t Toyota’s forte and oil burners aren’t in fashion anymore, anyway.

The new Toyota Auris five-door hatchback will be made in the UK for Europe, and we’ll know all about the C-segment, Golf-rivalling car after its Geneva unveiling.

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