2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports revealed

Toyota’s next C-segment contender – which will be launched early next year – isn’t going to be called Auris. Instead, the Corolla nameplate is returning to Europe. This is in recognition of the model’s Toyota New Global Architecture underpinnings.

As well as a five-door hatchback version, a Touring Sports estate has been developed. Its wheelbase of 2,700 mm (106.3”) is claimed to benefit rear legroom, while load space capacity is 598 litres according to the VDA method.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (2019) Front SideToyota Corolla Touring Sports (2019) Interior

Although practicality is certainly an important factor for buyers of this sort of car, a decent driving experience is also being promised thanks to a low centre of gravity and rear multi-link suspension. If required, an available adaptive variable damping system should further improve the handling.

In accordance with Toyota’s current strategy, the powertrain line-up comprises a 114 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol unit, a 120 bhp (90 kW / 122 PS) 1.8 litre petrol-electric hybrid and a 178 bhp (132 kW / 180 PS) 2.0 litre petrol-electric hybrid. Strangely, both hybrids are purely self-charging, so they can’t use plug-in facilities. There won’t be a diesel option.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (2019) Load SpaceToyota Corolla Touring Sports (2019) Rear Side

The Corolla Touring Sports is due to appear in public for the first time at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

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