Based on Toyota’s TNGA platform, the hatchback is essentially the North American version of the Euro-spec Auris, and comes with a 2.0-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder gasoline engine. It delivers a maximum power of 168 horsepower and a peak torque of 205 Newton-meters. Power is channeled exclusively to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual gearbox, or a new CVT.
Toyota says the new engine is smaller and lighter than the 1.8-liter unit it replaces, and also has reduced noise vibration harshness (NVH) levels. All the right ingredients that we Malaysians want in a new car.