2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid will be officially unveiled at Paris Motor Show in the end of September. The new Toyota at will offer enhanced dynamics, more distinctive styling and higher equipment levels.

With its new and more confident exterior design combined with a higher quality interior, the new Auris also benefits from improvements on the driving dynamics and efficiency enhancements to its powertrain line-up. In particular this means that it includes a full hybrid system that powers the flagship Auris Hybrid model.

The overall height of the vehicle is with 55mm less than the current model. This and the lower front end design contribute to the perfect aerodynamic performance with a Cd0.28 drag coefficient. Furthermore, this also effects in better handling stability and lower fuel consumption.

The new design philosophy of the Japanese brand is applied here. 2013 Auris adopts the new "face" of Toyota in the design of its grille and the sharp-edged appearance of its headlights and LED daytime running lights. This gives the car a more powerful road presence.

Another styling change can be seen on the profile. Thanks to the extension of the side glazing into three panels. The effect will be rendered even more eye-catching in some versions with a piano black finish for the B-pillars and a dynamic treatment of the C-pillars above a stronger and more pronounced chrome-trimmed rising belt line.

Observed from the rear, one can see a wider opening tailgate, with interplay of convex and concave surfaces, a wrap-around combination lamp design and new bumper profile, strengthening the car's broad stance.

What about the interior? Of course, it was completely redesigned. The new interior is now more spacious and comfortable. What is the main highlight here us the introduction of the Skyview. This is one of the largest panoramic roofs in the segment.

Furthermore, the air vent and meter surrounds, centre console and transmission tunnel trim have high quality satin silver finish. The interior surfaces such as the steering wheel and the instrument panel's upper surface are covered with baseball-stitched nappa leather.

Loadspace length is now further enhanced. All hatchback versions have now 360 litres luggage space. Repositioning of the battery pack beneath the rear seat has ensured Auris Hybrid has the same load capacity as other models in the range.

Next, efficiency and dynamic improvements have been performed on the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The new model will also include 1.4-litre diesel and 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol engines.

2013 Toyota Auris Dimensions

Length (mm) 4,275 +30
Width (mm) 1,760 -
Height (mm) 1,460 -55
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 -
Loadspace (l) 360 +6  (+127 for Auris Hybrid)
Cd 0.28 -0.01

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Source: Toyota