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Toyota puts practical spin on all-new Corolla


Having announced last month that it will phase out the Auris name in Europe for Corolla, Toyota has unveiled the production Touring Sports estate ahead of its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Based on the same TNGA platform as the regular Corolla and designed with European buyers in mind, the Touring Sports mirrors its hatchback sibling aesthetically all the way to the C-pillar, but then adopts a Lexus –like rounded appearance for the tailgate, with Toyota claiming a total boot capacity of 598-litres.

Boasting a wheelbase of 2 700mm, Toyota has applied a number of tweaks underneath the Touring Sports’ skin to make up for the added length, the biggest of which being an optional adaptive suspension system in place of the standard MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear arrangement.

Like with the hatch, the Touring Sports will be outfitted with a choice of three engines; an 85kW 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and two hybrids with the 1.8-litre motor producing 90kW and the 2.0-litre Dynamic Force 132kW. Whereas a six-speed manual gearbox is carried over from the Auris, it will only be available on the 1.2 with the hybrids coming fitted as standard with the new 10-step Direct Shift CVT.

No pricing has yet been announced but while the Corolla is due to touch down in South Africa next year, don’t expect the Touring Sports to form part of the local line-up as its place will likely be filled by the forthcoming Corolla sedan.

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