The saloon variant of its new Corolla will join the hatch and estate variants on sale in the UK in early 2019
16 November 2018

Toyota has revealed a saloon variant of its new Corolla at the Guangzhou motor show in China.

The Corolla Saloon will arrive in the UK in early 2019, sitting alongside the already-revealed hatchback and Touring Sports estate models.

A Toyota spokesperson suggested that, based on recent market trends in the UK, the hatchback will likely be the most popular of the three bodystyles, followed by the estate.

The Corolla is based on Toyota's TNGA modular platform, which is also used on the Prius and Camry, and will be built in the company's Turkish plant alongside the C-HR crossover.

It's the first Corolla saloon to be offered with hybrid powertrains: a 121bhp 1.8-litre set-up, which is also used in the C-HR and Prius, and a new 178bhp 2.0-litre version. UK buyers will be limited to the latter.

Where the hatchback and estate models are aimed at young couples and families respectively, Toyota hopes that the saloon variant will appeal to “young professionals who want more prestigious styling, space and comfort”.

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Differentiated styling reflects Toyota’s upmarket ambitions for the Corolla saloon. At the front, a protruding lower bumper, combined with sharply defined headlights and a revised upper grille, emphasise the car's ‘firmly planted’ stance, while the rear gets different light clusters and chrome detailing. 

The interior is largely identical to that of the hatchback, although, with the same 2.7-metre wheelbase as the estate, the saloon provides more leg room for passengers in the rear seats. 

More than 46 million Corollas have been sold worldwide since the original model was launched in 1966, although the UK hasn't seen a new Corolla since 2005. 

Details of the Corolla Saloon’s prices and specifications haven't yet been released, but expect entry-level models to cost slightly more than the hatchback's estimated starting price of £28,000.

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9 November 2018

Presumably Ireland will get this model? It gets the current Corolla saloon, as well as Tipo and Megane saloons.

16 November 2018
WallMeerkat wrote:

Presumably Ireland will get this model? It gets the current Corolla saloon, as well as Tipo and Megane saloons.

So further from this earlier quote, even better now as it is confirmed that the UK will get it!

Always liked the look of the Corolla saloon, a mini-Avensis, and between this and the Camry we have a 2 pronged Avensis replacement.

16 November 2018

 Very European looking, quite a nice tight shape, the interior isn’t bad either, if the UK gets the Saloon it might take sales away from Ford Focus........

Peter Cavellini.

16 November 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Very European looking, quite a nice tight shape, the interior isn’t bad either, if the UK gets the Saloon it might take sales away from Ford Focus........

The current ugly duckling Ford Focus isn't available as a saloon, even in markets like Ireland that previously offered it.

The Corolla saloon I can't see being a big seller, but I'd imagine that it'll be like the Mazda 3 saloon in that it'll offer something a bit different to mid-size buyers sick of Focus/turtle-shaped hatchbacks.

16 November 2018

I like the look of the saloon. Agree it will be a small seller in the UK, but probabkly do well in Europe, where saloons are more popular

DVB78

16 November 2018

Styling is definitely moving in the right direction - but to my eyes is encroaching on Lexus.

 

16 November 2018
Looks very like the most recent generation Avensis to me.

16 November 2018

Looks very good, as does the hatch and the Estate. But like the hatch and the Estate, i do wonder if the UK market is ready for a CVT only range, even if they dont use much petrol.

16 November 2018

Most likely a typo, but I’d expect a starting price of nearer £18,000. 

The styling of this version of the Corolla looks much more interesting, dare I say it, even stylish. 

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16 November 2018

Another boring design from Toyota.

But the most important thing for me is that Toyota is against BREXIT. Toyota can go to hell. I am not going to buy anything from them. I am not going to give them a single penny of my money.

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