In an example of fine-tuning its product lineup to regional tastes, Toyota unveiled its new Auris and Verso models at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Auris is a five-door hatch closest in size to the U.S.-spec Matrix, with the Auris being a seven-seater C-segment people hauler, similar in size and mission to the Mazda 5, and Ford’s C-Max Grand, not sold in the U.S. A new variant for the Auris range is the Touring Sports model that adds another 11 inches for a more traditional wagon, or “estate” profile.
The new Auris is 1.2 inches longer overall than its predecessor, for a still-trim overall length of 168.3, a few inches shorter than the U.S.-market Matrix. And because everyone knows how much the Europeans love wagons, Toyota also introduced the Auris Touring Sports model, which rides on the same 102.4-inch wheelbase as the regular Auris, which coincidentally, is the same wheelbase as the U.S.-spec Matrix hatch, but stretches 11 inches longer, for a 179.5-inch overall length. That puts it roughly within 2 inches of the overall length of the Prius V, which rides on a much longer 109.4-inch wheelbase.
The Auris Touring Sports and the Prius V share the same 1.8-liter, 134 net hp hybrid powertrain. The hybrid powertrain is also available on the regular Auris, in addition to a 1.4-liter diesel, and 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder engines.
Toyota claims improved fuel economy for all models across-the-board, facilitated by a lower ride height, improved aerodynamics, and auto stop-start on the 1.3-liter gas and 1.4-liter diesel engines.
The seven-passenger Verso offers buyers a choice of two diesel engines, a 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter, as well as 1.6 and 1.8-liter gasoline engines. The Verso will be built exclusively in Turkey.
Both the Auris and Verso offer LED running lights on all trim levels, with the Auris Hybrid featuring rear LED lights as well. The Auris and Auris Hybrid are built at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, England.