Toyota has released the first few photos of the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, which is essentially the estate version of the Corolla Hatchback introduced earlier this year. The model was created and developed in Europe, and will make its first public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Styling-wise, the Corolla estate looks almost identical to the hatchback from the front. It is only from the side that the enhanced boot space becomes apparent, accompanied by a sweeping roofline and muscular rear shoulders. The rear features taillights that don’t look that much different in shape from the hatch, along with a windscreen that isn’t too steeply raked.

While there are some similarities, Toyota claims the model isn’t just a variation of the hatchback thanks to the adoption of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform. In fact, the Corolla Touring Sports has a wheelbase of 2700 mm, which is 60 mm longer than the hatch. The platform allows for the adoption of adaptive variable suspension for better comfort.

Meanwhile, the cabin is awash with familiar cues from the hatch, including the layout of the dashboard. A large, free-standing touchscreen infotainment unit dominates the centre just above the car’s climate controls. A prominent chrome strip is seen exiting both sides of the display, meeting with the rectangular instrument binnacle on the driver’s side.

The design of the steering wheel and centre console appear to be unchanged from the hatch as well, with the latter accommodating the gearshift lever, electronic parking brake and brake auto hold function. A shot of the vehicle’s boot with the rear seats folded down showcases the superior cargo-carrying capability of the estate relative to the hatch. According to Toyota, the cargo hold has a VDA capacity of 598 litres with the seats upright.

The longer wheelbase contributes to a front to rear seat couple distance of 928 mm, and the company claims best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom. Other highlights include a 3D driver’s metre, premium heads-up display, JBL GreenEdge premium sound system and wireless mobile phone charging.

As for engine options, a 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit (116 hp) is joined by two hybrid powertrains – 1.8 litre (122 hp) and 2.0 litre (180 hp). This is the same as what is available for the Corolla Hatchback (previously known as the Auris) in European markets.

GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Hatchback (US market)