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by Matt Brogan

Toyota has launched its new 2010 Auris (Corolla) in the UK, with a sharper appearance inside and out, higher quality materials throughout the cabin and a suspension system tweaked for extra ride comfort and stability.

The range of three- and five-door hatchbacks have also been re-tuned for better performance, fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

A restyled exterior features a comprehensively reworked front end with a new deep bumper with integrated fog lamps (TR and SR models), new swept-back headlamps, a revised bonnet profile with stronger crease lines and a grille that adopts the Toyota family identity established by the latest generation Avensis and Verso.

New 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels have been designed for the TR and SR models and all versions feature turn indicator lights integrated into the door mirrors. At the rear there is a smart flash of chrome across the top of the number plate, revised lamp clusters and a new rear bumper with extended corner sections that create a “catamaran” look. Owners can choose from seven exterior colours, including three new metallic shades.

Inside a soft-touch material has been introduced across the top of the instrument binnacle and around the glovebox, and the centre console has been revised with changes to the instrument design for smarter appearance and improved clarity. Auris’s distinctive bridged centre console has a new silver finish that matches the doorhandles and the shape of the handbrake has been changed for easier operation and improved tactile quality.

White illumination has been introduced for the Optitron instrument dials, with sportier amber lighting for the analogue instruments featured in the new Auris SR. To complete the fresh look, new cloth upholstery designs have been introduced.

Suspension tuning has improved Auris’s ride and handling to better suit European roads and driver preferences while the speed-sensistive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) has also been revised to deliver better feedback and improved vehicle agility.

Under the bonnet Auris retains its current range of petrol and diesel engines and six-speed manual and MultiMode transmissions, all of which benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive technologies for reduced weight, higher efficiency and reduced emissions. Performance data is unchanged, but they continue to offer a strong balance of performance, fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The range comprises a 1.3-litre petrol engine, with manual transmission and Stop & Start technology; a 1.6-litre petrol engine, with manual or MultiMode automatic transmission; and 1.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, again with manual gearbox or Multimode automatic.

The new Auris range now adopts a three-grade line-up, with a new sporty SR grade joining the established T2 and TR models. The TR will remain at the heart of the range and is expected to account for around 80 per cent of the UK sales mix.

Pricing for the 2010 Auris ranges from £14,463 to £16,495 (AUD $25,764 to $29,383).




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