The new Toyota Auris has been rebadged Corolla ahead of its introduction in spring 2019, meaning a return of the Corolla name to the UK market after an absence of 13 years. The switch to the Corolla name marks the end of the Auris worldwide.
Toyota's rival to the Ford Focus will also include the Corolla Touring Sports estate and marks the car's switch to the brand's Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The two models will go on sale simultaneously, given that they're both built at the Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. A Corolla saloon, built alongside the C-HR in Turkey, won't come to the UK.
The Corolla was revealed at the Geneva motor show with Auris badging, suggesting that Toyota made the decision about the car's name between its Geneva reveal and today. It will be available with a choice of petrol hybrid engines, but no diesel option.
Speaking at the reveal of the latest version of the small car, Toyota’s European boss, Johan van Zyl, said that the decision to axe a diesel variant was due to customer demand, noting that 41% of Toyota’s European sales in 2017 were hybrid models.
As expected, the new Corolla will be offered with three powertrain choices. The only conventional option is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor with 114bhp. Two hybrid variants will be offered: the 121bhp 1.8-litre motor currently used in the C-HR and Prius, plus a new 2.0-litre version with 178bhp. The same powertrains will be offered across all three bodystyles of the new Corolla range.