Brussels, Belgium,

2013 The new Auris Touring Sports DPL: Spacious and comfortable interior design

  • Great occupant space complements large loadspace
  • Focus on comfort and enhanced driver ergonomics
  • Extensive use of soft touch materials for better tactility

Offering space and comfort for occupants, the new interior features bold forms and high quality materials. The dashboard combines a strong sense of horizontality to reinforce front cabin width and spaciousness with an ergonomic, driver-focused layout of instrumentation and switchgear.

The driver-oriented nature of the design is reinforced by the strong curve of the instrument binnacle hood flowing down the side of the centre console to give a visual focus to the driver's cockpit area.

Incorporating a long travel and good height adjustment, the front seat design offers excellent comfort. The seat height has been reduced by 40 mm and the steering wheel tilt angle lowered by 2 degrees, creating a more engaging driving position. Standard on Style grade, a newly developed sports seat offers a high level of additional lateral support.

For rear passengers, the new front seat design also increases rear seat knee room by 20 mm.

Within the new instrument binnacle, a clear, simple two or three dial design features white needles and numerals. All switchgear uses the same font, and both instrument binnacle and centre console are backlit in clear blue for a premium look and complete visual consistency.

Bringing a strong sense of visual coordination to the new interior, the meter surrounds, centre stack, transmission tunnel trim, air conditioning and audio controls, and door handles are all finished in a matching, high quality, satin silver finish. The air vents, audio panel, transmission tunnel, steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed with a silver paint finish.

The new interior's sensory quality and visual harmony is further enhanced by the improved tactility of finishes through the cabin, with careful consideration given to every surface texture with which the occupants will come into contact.

The instrument panel upper surface and door trim shoulder areas are finished in soft touch materials, and the cockpit pillars are trimmed with fabric. On higher grades, the dashboard itself is finished in leather.

The gearshift knob is of a new design, and the steering wheel is clad in the highest quality Nappa leather with single baseball stitching. Both assist grips and door grips are finished in a soft texture grain, and the door armrests are padded.

Live and Active grade seats are finished in a high quality fabric Style grade seats adding red panels. Lounge grade seats are finished in black velour with genuine leather seat bolsters. Black, full leather upholstery is available as an option on Lounge grade models, with an Ice Grey leather option exclusive to Hybrid models.

The new Auris Touring Sports will be available with a new black interior colour scheme featuring matt textures. A matt grain with the appearance of real leather is created by combining a geometrical pattern of dots with leather grain texture.

The Auris Hybrid Touring Sports has an exclusive meter and Eco Drive Support monitor design within the driver's instrument binnacle, a hybrid blue shift-by-wire gear lever and hybrid-exclusive instrument panel ornamentation.

Active grade versions feature a hybrid blue brushed aluminium instrument panel finish, whilst high grade models offer a choice of Ice Blue leather or Black leather inserts.