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Equipment upgrades for 2017 Toyota Verso and Auris

Toyota’s Verso and Auris models are to gain a range of new equipment for 2017 while the Auris will also adopt a new range structure.

2017 Toyota Auris

Toyota Safety Sense now standard on Auris Icon, Design and Excel hatchback and Touring Sports models.

Under the changes, the 2017 Verso line-up is now streamlined to three trims – Active, Icon and Design – with the previous range-topping Excel trim now axed.

As a result, the new Design models gain extra equipment including new 17-inch black alloy wheels and rear privacy glass, part-leather upholstery and the latest top-end Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia, connectivity and navigation system plus three years of free map updates.

Icon models has also been updated with the addition of Smart Entry and push-button start, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, a new seat trim and sunshades for the rear doors.

The choice of powertrains for Verso Design now includes the 130bhp 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol engine with six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the 1.8-litre Valvematic and 1.6-litre D-4D diesel units.

In addition, the 2017 Toyota Auris now gains the Toyota Safety Sense package as standard on Icon, Design and Excel hatchback and Touring Sports models. It’s also available on the entry-level Active grade.

The package brings a Pre-Collision System with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Automatic High Beam and Lane Departure Alert plus Road Sign Assist.

The Auris model changes also see the Design trim gain updated 17-inch alloys and Alcantara cabin trim. Leather seats can now be specified for Excel grade models as a factory-fit option and there is a new exterior colour choice: Tokyo Red.

Both 2017 model ranges are on sale now.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.