Toyota reveals Corolla Touring Sports
Don't call it a station wagon
Can a station wagon bring the Corolla’s mojo back? Toyota is set to release a wagon version of its former best-selling compact model at the Paris Motor Show. Meanwhile, it has released some photos ahead of the official reveal and the teaser photos look enticing. Toyota is of course not calling this a wagon but the Touring Sports. The interesting bit is the engine options list: there’s only one conventional (non-hybrid) option, and two hybrid powertrains. Here’s the news from Toyota:
Joining the new hatchback first revealed in Geneva earlier this year, the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports makes its first appearance at the 2018 Paris motor show. The all-new Corolla features a dynamic design which differentiates between the sporting, compact and dynamic hatchback and the sleek, refined and versatile Touring Sports.
Created and developed in Europe, the Touring Sports’ body type makes it a key model for people looking for practicality and style without compromise.
With a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, the new 2018 Corolla model range also marks the debut of Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy.
Reflecting the brand’s continued focus on hybrid technology, the Corolla Touring Sports will offer customers just one conventional engine -a 116 hp 1.2 liter turbo petrol unit- and a choice of 122 hp, 1.8 liter or 180 hp, 2.0 liter hybrid powertrains. 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 improved 1.8 liter hybrid powertrain stands for quiet, intuitive, responsive and self-charging EV technology with low cost of ownership. Whilst continuing to reward customers with all of the above benefits, the 2.0 liter system takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform.
The new Corolla features a proven MacPherson strut front suspension system, an all-new multilink rear suspension arrangement, new shock absorber valve technology and, for the first time, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).
Handling and agility are thanks to the low mounting height of the engine, the low hip point of the seats and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats. In combination, these measures allow the Corolla Touring Sports to have a low centre of gravity.
Largely fitted as standard on High grade models and available as an option throughout the new Corolla model range, a comprehensive range of premium comfort and convenience technology (like a world first 3-D Driver’s meter, premium Head-Up Display, JBL GreenEdge Premium Sound System, wireless mobile phone charging or the Toyota Touch Multimedia System) is available to enhance life on board for both the driver and all cabin occupants.
The new Touring Sports was styled in Europe at the recently opened Design Centre in Zaventem. Thanks to 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.
The new Corolla Touring Sports has a wheelbase of 2700 mm and a best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom.
The wagon has a refined, sensuous appearance and the sweeping roofline of an elegant yet robust shooting brake. This sporting profile is reinforced by the wide, flared wheel arches, their edges hemmed to allow the positioning of the wheels further outwards to emphasise the new Corolla’s wider stance and lower centre of gravity.
To the rear, the Touring Sports design theme showcases muscular rear shoulders, widely spaced, full-LED lamp clusters and a slanted rear windscreen.
Deeper rear bumper styling also echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design.
Exclusive to the segment, the Corolla Touring Sports’ dynamic design is further emphasised through a range of four optional bi-tone colour schemes available from launch. They combine the body colour with a black finish to the roof and roof pillars, and the front lower grille surround.
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.
Particular attention has been paid to this version, which has been specifically tailored to the European market, offering customers the highest level of sensory quality.
A key advantage of the new GA-C platform is the possibility of a having a lower front seat hip point to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity and offer a more engaging driving position.
The new Corolla Touring Sports has the additional benefits of a front to rear seat couple distance of 928 mm for ample rear seat passenger space, and a generous, 598 liter loadspace incorporating numerous aids for to practicality and convenience.