- Built on TNGA GA-C platform
- Gets two hybrid and one conventional engine options
Toyota has showcases the all-new Corolla Touring Sports at the Paris Motor Show. While the new-gen Corolla hatchback, built on the TNGA GA-C platform, made its international debut at Geneva, the estate version has marked its entry at the French capital. The new Corollas focus on hybrid tech and is one of the first Toyota top-sellers to definitively steer away from the conventional IC engine.
The fascia of the Corolla Touring Sports is exactly the same as the hatchback but for some subtle changes. The Touring Sports sits on a similar wheelbase as the hatch but looks much longer thanks to the floating roof which swoops closer to the rising shoulder line. The tail design is also almost identical but the wagon does look a little bulky as compared to the sculpted tail of the hatchback.
The interior is fairly the similar to the hatchback with its multiple screens for instrument cluster and infotainment. The layout is snazzy yet not so busy giving the dark-themed cabin a futuristic feel. Under the hood, the new Corolla will offer a choice of two hybrid powertrains – 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre. It hasn’t ditched the conventional IC engine yet and offers the 1.2-litre 116bhp option driving the front wheels. The hybrids are fourth-generation setups and have a much-improved feel over the previous-gen hybrids in terms of power.
The chances of India getting a Corolla hatchback or a wagon are extremely rare. But, this corolla gives us a heads up on the styling we can expect from the next-gen Corolla Altis which is expected to arrive by 2020, the beginning of the BS VI era.