Toyota just unveiled the saloon variant of its new generation Corolla at Guangzhou, China. It will join the hatchback and touring estate on sale currently.
More than 46 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide ever since the Japanese automaker launched it in 1966. At one point of time, a Corolla was being sold per minute across the world. The enduring nameplate has gotten bigger and better with changing times, and for 2019 will have three distinct body styles.
The Corolla sits on Toyota’s new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) modular platform which also underpins the Prius and Camry. It will be built at the firm’s Turkish plant along with the C-HR crossover. It is the first Corolla saloon to come with hybrid powertrains. There is a 1.8-litre inline-four petrol motor on offer that makes 121hp, and a bigger 2.0-litre four-pot that is good for 178hp.
While Toyota will definitely bring put up the 2.0-litre motor on offer here in the UAE, no one knows yet if the 1.8 will also be on offer. Now, the hatchback and estate body styles of the Corolla are mostly targeted at young couples and families respectively. Toyota hopes the saloon will catch the fancy of “young professionals who want more prestigious styling, space and comfort”.
As such, the Corolla saloon receives distinctive, upmarket styling. The protruding front bumper, sharply styled headlamps, and a revised upper grille accentuate the car’s ‘firmly planted’ stance. The rear gets different light clusters and chrome garnishes.
Inside, the saloon is more or less identical to the hatchback but boasts the same wheelbase as the estate at 2,700mm. This makes for more legroom for passengers in the rear seats. Pricing and specifications of the 2019 Toyota Corolla saloon are not out yet, but it will be fair to say the car will command a slight premium over the current-gen model’s pricing which starts at AED 73,500.