First deliveries are scheduled for June, and customers will once again have a choice of four spec levels, however mid-range Sport makes way for Icon Plus, which joins the now familiar Active, Icon and Excel.
Slotting just below the flagship line, Icon Plus (£18,445-£22,645) builds on Icon trim, offering new 16-inch alloys, rear privacy glass and a folding function for the electrically adjustable door mirrors. A new ‘Tungsten Blue’ metallic paint is also available for £495, offering an added touch of exclusivity to help the latest model stand out.
Inside, the driver and front passenger will enjoy heated sports seats complete with electric lumbar support tech, while petrol and hybrid models get cruise control.
As part of the changes, Toyota has taken the opportunity to expand the availability of its hybrid powertrain in the British-built Auris. Whereas the outgoing Sport trim only came with petrol and diesel engines, Icon Plus joins the Icon (£17,645-£21,745) and Excel (£21,495-£23,990) ranges in offering the Japanese manufacturer’s Hybrid Synergy Drive unit.
The Auris is also the latest model to benefit from the new second-generation Touch 2 infotainment system, fitted as standard on Icon. Opting for either Icon Plus or Excel will add satellite navigation and advanced connectivity levels to this touchscreen package.
Optional extras include a panoramic roof for the two top-of-the-range trims, four custom alloy designs, whilst leather upholstery is available on all variants bar the entry-level Active spec (£14,945-£17,395). For £250, a new Chrome Pack from Icon upwards adds chrome side sills and boot details, too.
Price increases across the range following the update start at £50 on standard models and rise to a maximum of £800 on the Excel 1.4 D-4D diesel Touring Sport.