The second generation Toyota Auris that went on sale in 2012 is offered with petrol and diesel engines, apart from a hybrid variant. However, the hatchback has never had an all-electric variant. This may change when the Auris enters third generation possibly later this decade.
Speaking to Autovisie, Kunihiko Endo, Deputy Chief Engineer at Toyota Motor Corporation, revealed that the current generation Toyota Auris won’t get an all-electric variant. And this is not because the Toyota MC platform that underpins the car isn’t suitable for such a variant, it is because there isn’t a market for such variant currently, Mr. Endo suggested.
Mr. Endo said that an all-electric Auris “is definitely something we (Toyota) should think about for the future”. As much as he’d like an all-electric variant for the current generation, he knows that “the market for these cars is small”.
The next-gen Toyota Auris can be expected to be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. For an all-electric variant to be feasible, Toyota will have to make the structure lighter without compromising on strength. It can source help from its partner BMW for lighter & stronger materials but then it’s essential to see that the lightweight materials don’t make the car more expensive to repair.