Toyota, which last month said it would be unveiling at the Geneva Auto Show a production hybrid version of its European Auris hatchback, came forward today with many more details about this car. Chief among them is the fact it gets, based upon European standards, an official combined cycle fuel consumption of 74.3mpg while having CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.
The British built Auris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive), according to Toyota, can be driven in EV (electric vehicle) mode, powered by its electric motor alone for up to 1.2 miles (2.0km) at speeds up to about (50kph). It is set to go on sale in the UK in July and will sport “an Eco Drive Assist Monitor” in place of the tachometer inside its revised instrument binnacle. This will be joined, via a centre-dial information panel, “additional HSD-specific information such as Energy Flow and Eco Drive Result monitors.”
Toyota said the hybrid powertrain system in this car will combine a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, an electro motor, generator, high performance battery and a power control unit. The engine develops 97bhp at 5,200rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, while the electric motor generates a maximum 207Nm between zero and 13,000rpm. It will have four driving modes, “including three that can be selected ‘on-demand’ by the driver to maximise the HSD powertrain’s capabilities and provide comprehensive eco driving support.”