NEWS ➤ Corolla saloon to make UK return after 15 years
By Wayne Gorrett
- New Corolla range to replace the current UK Auris model line-up in early 2019.
- Turkish-built Corolla saloon to join Brit-built Corolla hatch and estate.
- Two likely powertrains at launch: 1.6L manual or CVT, and 1.8L hybrid CVT.
Toyota has revealed the 12th-generation Toyota Corolla saloon which is to join the all-new Corolla range alongside the new Corolla hatchback and estate models previously revealed at this year’s Geneva and Paris motor shows.
The trio of all-new Corollas will replace the current Auris hatch and estate during the first quarter of 2019. It marks a welcome return of a saloon version Corolla to the market here after a break of almost 15 years. Full details of the UK range and specifications will be announced nearer the on-sale date.
The saloon’s wide and low stance is possible due the use of the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform. It stands apart from the outgoing Auris with different front and rear styling that projects a more prestigious look.
The Corolla saloon has the same extended 2,700mm wheelbase as the estate, ensuring ample cabin legroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers.
Notable tech includes wireless phone charging and a combination of eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, seven-inch multimedia display and 10-inch head-up display.
The new GA-C platform is said to provide a more rewarding driving experience. A lower centre of gravity, a 60 per cent more rigid body shell and multi-link suspension as standard, all contribute to better handling and stability, without compromising ride comfort.
For the UK, we expect the Corolla saloon to be available with two powertrain options: a 120hp 1.8-litre hybrid offers all-electric driving capability that requires no plug-in recharging. Super-efficient fuel economy is available of 83 mpg and CO2 emissions from just 77g/km, plus up to 50 per cent of commuting journeys (typically 20-miles) can be accomplished in all-electric drive.
The other engine is an improved 1.6-litre petrol unit paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox. Its power output of 130hp is respectable, but fuel consumption of 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 131g/km make it reasonably efficient at best.
All of Toyota’s TNGA-platformed vehicles facilitate exceptional active and passive safety standards and the new Corolla Sedan benefits from the latest ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ systems. These include a pre-collision system that can detect pedestrians in the car’s path at any time of day or night, and also cyclists in daylight. Full-range adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist and auto high beam are also provided.
The new Corolla saloon is being built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s plant in Sakarya, Turkey, while the hatchback and estate models are being produced by Toyota Manufacturing UK at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.
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