Toyota Corolla wagon revealed

Joanna Estrada
September 5, 2018

The new Corolla TS stretches to a wheelbase of 2,700 mm which, according to Toyota, stands for "best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom".

In Europe the new Corolla wagon will be offered with three drivetrains: a 85kW 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, 89kW 1.8-litre hybrid, and 133kW 2.0-litre hybrid.

The updated 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain has self-charging EV technology and low cost of ownership. This latter is a unique proposition in this segment as no other conventional powertrain can offer the same combination of performance and low emissions.

The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports sits on the carmaker's TNGA (GA-C) platform and uses McPherson struts for the front suspension setup. At the rear, Toyota opted for a multilink configuration with new shock absorber valve tech and for the first time, Adaptive Variable Suspension. One can, however, tick some optional goodies for the Touring Sports such as a heads-up display, wireless smartphone charging and a JBL sound system. It comes with obvious design changes to have a thorough differentiation between sporting, compact and dynamic hatchback and the versatile Touring Sports. With the adoption of TNGA, the new wagon is no longer merely a variation of the hatchback, but has become a distinctly separate model in its own right.

Further back, a rising shoulder line and flared wheel arches mark it out from the side view, while a sloping roofline and steeply raked rear window are meant to give the estate an appearance more akin to a shooting brake. Full LED taillights and a restlyed rear bumper completes the exterior make over.

The new Corolla Touring Sports features an all-new interior designed to create a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin environment in which new textures, colours and trim combine to offer the highest levels of visual and tactile quality.

The wagon will also be available with a black out treatment for the roof, pillars, and lower grille. The improved driving dynamics is due to the low mounting height of the engine, low hip point of the seats and the positioning of the hybrid battery underneath the rear seats ensuring low COG. The new estate sports the same dramatic front end design as its hatchback sibling, but it features a boot with 598 litres of load space with the rear seatbacks up; that's bigger than the Leon ST's.

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