The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla has been launched in Japan, and just like in Europe, three body styles will be offered there – Corolla (sedan), Corolla Touring (wagon; previously known as the Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder) and the Corolla Sport (hatchback).

In its domestic home market, both the Corolla and Corolla Touring share the same front end as the Levin sold in China (we get the European look), while the Corolla Sport looks identical to hatchback versions of the C-segment model found in Europe and the United States.

Interestingly, the Corolla models sold in Japan feature a stylised “C” badge at its nose instead of a regular Toyota one, although you’ll still find the mark of the carmaker at the rear as well as on the wheel caps.

That’s not all, as the Japanese versions of the Corolla sedan and wagon have different dimensions from their international counterparts. In the case of the Corolla, it measures 4,495 mm long (-135 mm compared to overseas models), 1,745 mm (-35 mm), 1,435 mm tall (no change) and with a 2,640 mm wheelbase (-60 mm).

As for the Corolla Touring, it shares almost the same dimensions as its sedan sibling, although it is slightly taller at 1,460 mm. Compared to overseas models, the JDM wagon is 155 mm shorter in overall length, 45 mm narrower and has a wheelbase that is 60 mm shorter. There are no JDM-specific dimensions for the hatchback.

In terms of engine options, the range starts of with a 2ZR-FAE 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit (140 PS and 170 Nm), which is mated to a Super CVT-i with seven virtual speeds driving the front wheels. This powertrain is available only for the Corolla and Corolla Touring.

Next up, there’s the 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbocharged four-pot (116 PS and 185 Nm), which can be paired with either a Super CVT-i with ten virtual speeds or a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT).

All models can get this engine with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission, but only the Corolla Sport is available with the CVT in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

Lastly, Toyota offers a hybrid powertrain based on the Atkison-cycle 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine (98 PS and 142 Nm), with a 53 PS/163 Nm electric motor and 6.5 Ah nickel-metal hydride battery. An e-CVT is the sole transmission here, with front-wheel drive available for all body styles, while all-wheel drive (E-Four) is limited to the Corolla and Corolla Touring.

Pricing for the Corolla in Japan starts from 1.936 million yen (RM74,844), and rises all the way to 2,997,500 yen (RM115,864).