In August 2012, Toyota introduced the second generation of Auris, with its commercial career starting in Europe from the beginning of 2013. In the summer of 2015 it received a light facelift, with a life cycle of 6 years (just what the first generation) Toyota has begun the development of the new generation of the popular mid-range hatchback.
The vehicle is not yet confirmed for sale in the United States but elsewhere it will be marketed as either a Corolla or Auris.
This is expected to be released in late 2018, and will be the third model based on the TNGA platform (Toyota New Global Architecture), after Prius and C-HR. Still, it will have a totally new design, something in a nutshell that can be distinguished from camouflaged photographs, with C-HR “offering” some of its elements.
The lights are narrow and follow the shape of the bonnet, with the rear lights not protruding like in the current model. The exterior mirrors seem to have been fitted higher, with the rear pillar looking thinner.
Mechanically, no drastic changes are expected on 2019 Toyota Auris, with the 1.2-liter turbo, 116 bhp and 185 Nm of torque being present in the third generation of the model, as well as the 1.8-liter Hybrid, 122-horsepower of the new Prius.
Finally, it is unknown whether it will be available with the BMW’s 1,500 cc 3-cylinder diesel engine, 116-horsepower performance, a recent Japanese company said it is highly unlikely to rebuild a diesel model for the European market.
Toyota has announced new 8- and 10-speed automatic transmissions that will be coming to replace a number of 6-speed and CVT units it currently uses, and we could see one of them feature in the new Corolla iM.