2018 Toyota Auris Wants To Be More Than Just Another Golf Rival

These are the first spy shots of the upcoming replacement of the Toyota Auris or Corolla Hatchback as it’s named in some markets.

It’s the first time we see the 2018 Auris being tested while wearing its production body as well, which is covered by layers of black tape and extra bits in order to hide its design cues.

However, the overall shape of it looks a lot cleaner as Toyota seems to have ditched the weird-looking third pillar of the current Auris for a more natural design that follows the roof line. The bonnet also appears to adopt a clamshell-like design while the headlights look like they are stretched towards the grille, for a more dynamic face.

There are very little details so far about the new Auris but we do know that the new compact Toyota will ride on the TNGA modular architecture, which is also used on the Prius, the C-HR and the Camry. Hopefully, this should also mean that the new Auris will offer a more engaging drive than its predecessors.

This would also mean that Toyota will offer the new Auris with the Prius’ hybrid powertrain as well as a turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol engine. Some reports also suggest that the new Auris might borrow a few engines from BMW as part of Toyota’s latest deal with the Bavarian company but this doesn’t sound too plausible at the moment.

Expect a debut of the new Toyota Auris/Corolla Hatchback around mid to late 2018.

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  • haudit

    The profile makes it look like they’ve taken a trip back to 2006 for inspiration. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6de404416ad978e9d0da989efaf6f91062fcff9f313cf6a0ba5907c0cfcf6748.jpg

    • ediotsavant

      The side reminds me of the Matrix.

      • Benjamin B.

        because it basically is the Matrix/iM

    • Miknik

      Given the currnet model looks in many ways older than the 2006 model, I can understand their inspiration…

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    looks likeits following the CHR and Prius Prime in its design language

    i dont think it’ll be as radical inside as the CHR ( i hope all new toyota’s follow the CHR design language as it’ll make them more out there and different)

  • javier

    another toyota/lexus product that is all show and no go

  • square626

    Toyota should change the name into Corolla. Auris is asexual

    • haudit

      Also, if you say it quickly in a Northern Irish accent, it can sound uncomfortably like ‘arse’.

  • My expectations are very low..

  • SteersUright

    Big wheels and tires seem to mean business until I saw the puny little brakes which brought it all back home to reality…its just a tarted up Toyota. Would love to see Toyota put out a real answer to the Gti/Golf R, Civic Type R, Focus RS, Hyundai whatever-they-call-it, class of hot (not warm) hatches. They’ve got the compact car knowhow, have been long missing a proper Celica replacement, and have an auto-enthusiast CEO apparently.

  • Rich

    Big wheels and tires seem to mean business until I saw the puny little brakes which brought it all back home to reality…its just a tarted up Toyota. Would love to see Toyota put out a real answer to the Gti/Golf R, Civic Type R, Focus RS, Hyundai whatever-they-call-it, class of hot (not warm) hatches. They’ve got the compact car knowhow, have been long missing a proper Celica replacement, and have an auto-enthusiast CEO apparently.

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    I hope this will be the hatchback variant for the upcoming 2019 Corolla……

    …..If so, then I am looking forward to the spy shots for the sedan variant.

  • Benjamin B.

    TRD Hot Hatch? Please bring it to the US as the Corolla iM TRD.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’ll probably have a beam as a rear axle so…meh.

    • RDS Alphard

      It’s IRS, you can see the structure in one of the picture.
      TNGA, same chassis as C-HR & Prius.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Really? That changes my tune a little bit.

  • ..something tells me the C-Pillar will end up like the current Astra/Fortuner/Micra …

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