The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports will make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October, joining the new Corolla hatchback revealed earlier this year. According to Toyota, this all-new model has “a dynamic design which clearly differentiates it from the hatch as a sleek, refined and versatile wagon”. The new car was developed and created in Europe.
The new Corolla range marks the debut of Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy with a brand new 2.0-litre full hybrid electric powertrain joining the line-up.
The Corolla Touring Sports reflects Toyota’s continued focus on hybrid electric technology, with only one conventional engine featuring in the range – a 114 bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit. This will be offered alongside two hybrids: 120 bhp 1.8-litre and 178 bhp 2.0-litre powertrains. Toyota says the latter is unique in Corolla’s segment, as no conventional engine can deliver the same balance of performance and low emissions.
The suspension features a proven front MacPherson strut arrangement and an all-new rear multilink system. New shock absorber valve technology is used and, for the first time in a Corolla, adaptive variable suspension (AVS) is available.
Toyota says the engine’s low mounting height, the low hip point of the seats and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats help give the Corolla Touring Sports a low centre of gravity and agile handling.
A range of technology features for comfort and convenience will be provided as standard on high-grade models and available as options elsewhere in the range. These include a 3D driver’s meter, head-up display, a JBL GreenEdge Premium sound system, wireless mobile phone charging and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.
The new Corolla Touring Sports was styled in Europe at Toyota’s recently opened Design Centre in Belgium. Thanks to the use of the TNGA platform, the new wagon is no longer simply a variation of the hatchback, but has become a distinct, separate model in its own right. The wheelbase measures 2,700mm.
The Corolla Touring Sports will be available from launch in four optional bi-tone colour schemes. These match the body colour with a black roof, pillars and lower front grille surround.
The new GA-C platform the front seat hip point to be set lower, which in turn helps secure a lower centre of gravity for the car while providing what is described as a more engaging driving position. Furthermore, the front to rear seat couple distance is 928mm, giving ample space for rear passengers. The loadspace has a VDA capacity of 598 litres and is equipped with a number of features for ease of use.