The new Touring Sports was styled in Europe at Toyota’s recently opened Design Centre in Zaventem. Thanks to the adoption of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), 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 2700mm 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.
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.
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 928mm for ample backseat passenger space, and a generous 598-litre VDA loadspace incorporating numerous aids for practicality and convenience.
Reflecting the brand’s continued focus on hybrid technology, the Corolla Touring Sports will offer customers just one conventional engine – a 116hp 1.2-litre turbo petrol unit – and a choice of 122hp 1.8-litre or 180hp 2-litre 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 new Corolla features a proven MacPherson strut front suspension system, an all-new multi-link rear suspension arrangement, new shock-absorber valve technology and, for the first time, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). Handling and agility are enhanced by 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 lineup is a comprehensive range of premium comfort and convenience technology to make life on board nicer for the driver and all the cabin occupants, such as a world-first 3-D driver’s meter, premium head-up display, JBL GreenEdge Premium Sound System, wireless smartphone charging and the Toyota Touch Multimedia System.