Toyota has revealed its new, third-generation Auris at the Geneva International Motor Show, confirming the launch of a new 2,0-litre full hybrid powertrain and the complete removal of diesel engines from the hatchback's line-up.

Diesel engines, of course, are not offered in the outgoing Auris range here in South Africa. Interestingly (although not yet confirmed for local models), Toyota in Europe says the new Auris will be offered with just a single conventional engine (in the form of the 1,2-litre turbopetrol that debuted in the C-HR) plus a choice 2,0-litre hybrid powertrains in various states of tune. Toyota South Africa Motors says the new Auris will arrive here in the second half of 2018, with the model line-up and specification details to follow at a later date.

Overall length of the new Auris compared with the outgoing model has increased by 40 mm, all of which has also been added to the wheelbase. The height of the hatchback, meanwhile, has been reduced by 25 mm (and width increased by 30 mm), while the front overhang has been cut by 20 mm.

Running on the Japanese brand’s latest TNGA platform, Toyota promises its new Auris will offer driver an “energised drive, with more power and steering wheel-mounted paddles for a more dynamic, engaging driving experience”.

“Our primary goal with the new Auris was to create the most bold and dynamic hatchback on the market, without compromising on interior usability,” said Simon Humphries, executive general manager at Toyota Global Design.

“Harnessing the low centre of gravity afforded by the TNGA layout, the vehicle is light and agile in the side view, yet as we move to the rear, the architecture transforms to create a solid, wide and low stance that is absolutely critical to the European market,” he added.

Official photographs of the cabin have yet to be revealed.

Toyota Auris