Called the Auris Touring Sports Black, the model is designed to prove an estate car can offer more than just functionality.
The attention-grabbing exterior is underwritten by new Night Sky black metallic paintwork, which is dramatically contrasted with red-accented 19″ alloy wheels (two inches larger in diameter than those found on the Sport model), red inserts in the bumpers, and red trim on the front grille – think old school styling cues re-imagined for the 21st Century.
The sporty appearance of this study is further complemented with twin centre-exit chrome exhaust pipes, dark tinted rear LED lights, and piano black roof rails.
Behind the privacy glass lies a reworked interior that echoes the exterior treatment, which in this study means a cabin with many of the touch points – steering wheel, gear knob, handbrake lever, door cards and seats – trimmed in black leather with red double stitching.
In addition, the exclusive sports seats feature Alcantara centre panels; a material that is also applied to the interior pillars and headlining. Finally, the standard blue dashboard illumination found on the production Auris has been switched to red, so the instruments are basked in a more appropriate glow.
None of the production car’s functionality has been lost in this study. The Auris Touring Sports Black still delivers 530 litres of luggage space and a class-leading 1,658-litre capacity once the one-touch Easy-Flat rear seats have been lowered.
There is currently no news on whether the study will ever make it into production – but rest assured, Toyota Blog readers will be first to know if it does.