The current Toyota Venza is a great station wagon, or estate car, but it’s not a very exciting Toyota. Recently, Toyota wanted to remind the world that they want to build vehicles that have more passion. To that extent, Toyota has had a few hits on their hands including the Scion FR-S/Toyota FT86. The Toyota Auris, while being fairly attractive, isn’t exactly adrenaline pumping. Still, it is a brilliant little estate machine with good utility. It might make a sweet Toyota Venza.
The Toyota Auris has over 55 cubic-feet of cargo room and it will become a very efficient wagon with its variety of efficient power plants.
“It will be available in the UK with the same powertrain options as the hatch: 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol units; the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel; and full hybrid – a first in the family/compact estate car market.
The full hybrid’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system features a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and an electric motor, giving a maximum power output of 134bhp/100kW. This enables nought to 62mph acceleration in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 112mph.
Conversely the hybrid’s CO2 emissions are a class-leading 86g/km; indeed emissions performance across the range is highly competitive with the 1.33 and 1.6 petrol units rated at 127 and 139g/km respectively and the 1.4 D-4D diesel at 109g/km.” – – Toyota Media UK
What’s got me interested is the overall shape and, possibly, the application of this hybrid with an all-wheel drive system.
If they change the Toyota Venza like I think they will, I suspect Toyota will drop the V6 option and stick with their Camry/RAV4 four-cylinder engine and, perhaps a hybrid. Remember: that’s only a guess. I’ve been wrong before.
Here are some highlights, according to Toyota UK:
- “British-built Auris Touring Sports range includes the first full hybrid estate car in family/compact car segment
- Clever hybrid system packaging means there is no compromise in loadspace size and capacity
- Class-leading CO2 emissions of 86g/km for hybrid, plus significantly lower NOx and particulate emissions compared to diesel cars with comparable performance
- Class-leading luggage capacity, up to 1,658 litres
- Superb versatility with Easy-Flat one-touch rear seat folding system, double-level loadspace floor and new two-way tonneau cover”
I like the look of the Toyota Auris Touring and I’m curious to see if any of the design translates to the next Toyota Venza.
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By the way, I know the Auris is British built – – – – – I still like it.