The Toyota Auris, also known as the Corolla Hatchback in the United States, was unveiled this month and gives us an inkling of what the sedan version could look like. Who better, then, than our resident rendering wizard Theophilus Chin to fire up his Photoshop machine and conjure up a four-door version of the five-door?

The results are surprisingly well resolved. The new Auris’ lower cowl gives it a flatter bonnet that goes well with the addition of a boot, and the prominent rear haunches provide a visual punch that the current Altis lacks. Meanwhile, the heavily sculpted rear end gives it a sporty flair, and even with the polarising front end with that massive front grille and large L-shaped headlights, this is still a handsome car.

Inside, the Corolla will likely carry over the Auris’ C-HR-inspired layered dashboard design, with a floating infotainment system, a wider and longer centre console and ample use of matte silver and piano black accents. Under the skin, the Corolla will almost certainly ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that is designed to offer a lower centre of gravity than before.

The Auris comes in 1.2 litre turbo petrol, 1.8 litre hybrid and 2.0 litre hybrid variants, while the Corolla Hatchback is offered with just a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force engine and a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new Direct Shift CVT with a launch gear. Expect the Corolla to feature at least one of these powertrain options, although carryover 1.8 litre and 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i engines are not out of the question.

GALLERY: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback