Toyota are to usher in the New Year with a new sporting flagship version of the Auris, with both technical and styling features designed for a more distinguishable range-topper. The new SR180 most notably features an enhanced specification and louder styling over the T180 Auris it succeeds as flagship.
Using the same 2.2-litre D-4D engine as in the T180, generating 175 hp and 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm, the new model matches its flagship successor for acceleration with 0-62 mph achievable in 8.1 seconds. Strong fuel efficiency is however delivered from the common rail diesel unit, with a figure of 45.6 mpg on the combined cycle.
In achieving a sportier look to match a sporting drive, lowered suspension for a more aggressive stance and a new rear tailgate spoiler come courtesy of Toyota's Motorsport division. Tinted rear glass and 17-inch alloys finish off the new flagship, looking its best in Pure White.
And to complement the performance and uprated styling package of the new SR180, a further specification adds vehicle stability control and traction control as standard, while cabin equipment includes automatic dual-zone air con, light-sensitive headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control.
The SR180 will hit UK showrooms on 1st January next year priced at £17,995 for the three-door and £18,495 for the five-door. Deliveries will commence January.