Toyota unveil all-new, British-built Corolla estate

Published 05 September 2018

Toyota has previewed the new Corolla Touring Sports. The mid-size estate will go on sale in 2019 for an expected £22,000 and be offered with petrol or hybrid powertrains.

Toyota confirmed that it was bringing back the Corolla nameplate for 2019. The all-new Corolla estate will mirror the styling of the hatchback and use a slightly uprated range of petrol and hybrid powertrains.

The Ford Focus rival will provide 598 litres of bootspace with the rear seats in place, which will put it on par with the Volkswagen Golf Estate when it comes to storage. Toyota is also claiming ‘best-in-class’ rear seat legroom thanks to a 928mm distance between the front and rear rows.

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As with the hatchback, a sharper and more dynamic drive is being promised thanks to a stiffer set-and all-new multilink rear suspension arrangement. The Corolla will sit closer to the road than the outgoing Auris, while the battery pack for the hybrid models will be placed under the rear seats to improve balance and handling. 

Just one conventional engine will be available - a 116PS 1.2-litre turbo petrol. A choice of 122PS 1.8-litre or 180PS 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains will also be offered, with the latter getting Toyota’s new CVT gearbox and a special launch gear to improve refinement and economy at low-speeds.

Toyota hasn’t released any details about pricing or equipment levels, but expect the most-expensive high grade models to get head-up display, wireless mobile phone charging and touchscreen navigation. LED headlights and bi-tone exterior colour schemes will also be available from launch.

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Comments

squij    on 5 September 2018

A weedy 1.2 turbo in the Corolla! What's wrong with the 1.8 from the Avensis? Yet another underpowered Japanese car.

Falkirk Bairn    on 5 September 2018

1.2 Turbo will be sedate

2 x hybrids with a 1.8 engine from the Prius - so great MPG

or

a new 2.0 188 BHP Hybrid that will speed matters up somewhat & still give "almost diesel" mpg.

   on 6 September 2018

Looks fine to me.
Hope they sell plenty to justify the decision to build in UK.

Bilboman    on 6 September 2018

Weedy 1.2 turbo? Not a bit of it. Given the slight weight disadvantage of the Avensis 1.8 VVTi saloon (1370 kg vs 1190 of the outgoing Auris 1.2 turbo hatchback) the torque and top speeds are virtually identical (Auris 183 Nm and 123 mph; Avensis 180 Nm and 124 mph). I don't screech away from every traffic light in my Auris 1.2 T as a rule, so the 0-62 time of 10.5 seconds, as opposed to 9.1 in the Avensis, is of academic interest.

squij    on 6 September 2018

Acceleration is not just about traffic-light tyre-squealers: getting up to speed to join a busy motorway you need all the power you can find - I'd take the Avensis any day. Also, small turbocharged engines never deliver their promised economy compared to larger atmospheric engines, as seen in several magazine road tests: a 2-litre Mazda 3 is as economical as any of them and is much less highly stressed.

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