The long-roofed Toyota Corolla, the Touring Sports, has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show, joining the hatchback which made its own debut at the New York International Motor Show earlier this year. That car’s European twin, the Auris, debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

As with the Corolla Hatchback, the Touring Sports station wagon is underpinned by the automaker’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, though the wheelbase for the wagon is 2,700 mm, which is 60 mm longer than the hatchback’s. Like the hatchback, the Touring Sports wagon will be offered with a 116 hp 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine, and two hybrid options – a 122 hp 1.8 litre model or a 180 hp 2.0 litre model.

The frontal aesthetic treatment for the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is identical to that of the hatchback, while bodywork aft of the B-pilars is unique to the Touring Sports wagon. Relative to the outgoing model, the station wagon’s rear license plate has been repositioned higher up in the tailgate panel, while the deeper rear bumper design aims to mirror that of the front.

Headlamps on the Touring Sports are all-LED clusters, as are its tail lamps, while the former includes integral daytime running lights. At the front, foglamps are LED units as well. Depending on trim grade, the headlamp configuration options include a triple LED parabola unit-type headlamp, a bi-beam LED setup with AHB, and an LED setup with an adaptive high-beam system.

Inside, the interiors of the Corolla Hatcback and Touring Sports are have been made to feel more spacious than before, says Toyota. This is achieved by an instrument panel design that is 24 mm slimmer overall, where the reduction in height reduces the panel’s perceived mass and improves forward visibility while still allowing for the lowering of the front seat hip point.

The front to rear seat couple distance in the Corolla Touring Sports has been increased by 48 mm to 928 mm for improved rear seat passenger space, and the luggage compartment has a VDA capacity of 598 litres with all seats in place. Access to the luggage compartment has been improved with a hands-free kick sensor for the powered tailgate, and the tailgate opening has been increased by 10 mm.

A repositioning of the rear suspension dampers has enabled the maximising of the Touring Sports cargo load space as well as improve access, while side wall storage pockets have also been made available behind the rear wheel housings on each side of the load space. The load floor has a two-position (upper and lower) deck, which can be open and closed in the upper position.

This is fully reversible with carpet on one side and resin finish on the other for wet or dirty use, says Toyota. Meanwhile, the deck under-space has been enlarged and fully carpeted, and now features detachable side separators. Here, the world’s first LED compartment lamps feature on both sides of the load space, claims Toyota, while a detachable, one-touch retractable tonneau cover offers luggage concealment.

Driver instrumentation is comprised of a seven-inch multi-information display which offers a choice of digital and analogue speedometer modes, says Toyota. Alternatively, the instrumentation panel can be switch to show a three-dimensional effect, where the dials appear to float in mid-air, Toyota adds.

Visual instrumentation is augmented with an optional 10-inch TFT head-up display which can project warnings and drive-related information unto the windscreen glass within the driver’s field of view, such as satellite navigation prompts, speed warnings and an economical driving indicator.

Infotainment is handled by a new, eight-inch Toyota Touch Multimedia System with pinch, zoom and slide touchscreen operation, with the addition of multi-contextual One Box Search. A one-button-push eCall emergency services function is supported by the car’s built-in SIM card, and the call-out can be performed with no charge to the Corolla’s owner.

Connected services feature here in the new Corolla too, with functions including Last Mile guidance, Send-to-Car navigation, Find My Car, driving analytics as well as a maintenance reminder. Meanwhile for mobile devices, a wireless charging system enables occupants to charge any Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)-compatible device by placing it on the pad ahead of the gearlever.

A bit more on the petrol-electric hybrid drive systems. The internal combustion engine in the 1.8 litre model benefits from friction-reducing measures, a larger exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system as well as optimal heat management, according to Toyota. Calibration of the hybrid drive system has been refined, while the lithium-ion battery pack ‘promotes even greater fuel economy’, claims the company.

According to the automaker, the 2.0 litre hybrid powertrain was developed in response to a significant group of potential customers who have been accustomed to turbocharged engines 1.4 litres or larger. The 2.0 litre unit has a compression ratio of 14:1, and achieves high-speed combustion through a long stroke and high tumble flow of the intake port.

A new oil pump design and friction-reducing measures combine with a reduction in size of the transaxle, power control unit, motor and hybrid battery to enhance fuel efficiency, said Toyota, while top speed in fully-electric mode has been increased to 115 km/h. In order to further gain fuel efficiency, system control has been changed to disallow engine start without throttle pedal operation, even before engine warm-up.

Further enhancements for improved efficiency include a catalytic converter that is now located closer to the engine, and engine warm-up control has been optimised for early, enhanced exhaust purification. Meanwhile, refinement gains are made courtesy of a balance shaft, revised engine mount position and shape, structural changes to the transaxle, gear tooth polishing, the adoption of a positive/negative hysterisis damper, a lightweight timing chain and revisions to the water pump motor.

Chassis movements for the Corolla is handled by MacPherson struts in front and a new multi-link layout at the back. There is new damper valving technology, and adaptive variable suspension is available on the Corolla for the first time.

Front suspension geometry as well as spring and damper characteristics have been revised, while suspension arm and bush structures have been changed to minimise the transmission of shocks and therefore improve ride comfort. The redesigned multi-link rear setup combines increased luggage capacity through compact packaging, with excellent stability and comfort, claims Toyota.

The Adaptive Suspension System (AVS), when specified, is configured for damping force on all four wheels together with the Drive Mode Select system in Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom modes. Here, damping force is continually and automatically controlled by a linear solenoid actuator, which is four times quicker than a conventional step motor.

It’s a rather bold new look for both the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports bodystyles, and rather pleasing to these eyes. The long-roofed one gets five new wheel designs including an 18-inch design and two new 17-inch styles. Four new colours – Oxide Bronze Metallic, Emotional Red 2, Precious Silver and Phantom Brown – join a palette now totalling 11 colours, and a two-tone finish can be specified too.

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