The Corolla wagon will have best-in-class rear legroom as well as generous trunk space, Toyota said. The trunk’s capacity is 598 liters with the rear seats up, which is close the 610 liters offered by the Skoda Octavia, one of the biggest wagons in the class.
The sportiness of the Corolla wagon comes from the low center of gravity offered by the new platform, as well as the rear-multilink rear suspension, Toyota said.
As with the hatchback, the wagon will be offered with a new high-output, 180-hp hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Other engine options are a 118-hp hybrid and a 116-hp 1.2-ilter turbocharged gasoline unit.
The wagon has been designed to look more distinct from the hatchback, Toyota said. It has prominent wheel arches, a sweeping roofline and a wider stance to emphasis its sporty nature.
It will also offer a duo-tone exterior paint option, which Toyota claims is unique in the wagon segment.
The more striking design and emphasis on sportiness was necessary to keep sales buoyant in a declining sector, Toyota’s head of sales and marketing for the region, Matt Harrison, told Automotive News Europe at the launch of the hatchback version at the Geneva show in March.
“It will become much more a benchmark in the segment. The current car lacks a certain aspirational image in terms of design or performance. Now we can offer a striking design and two hybrids gives us performance,” he said.
Toyota has said the car will offer a more “premium” interior to better compete with cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, Europe’s top-selling compact car. The more tactile materials used are exclusive to the European version of the car, Toyota said. A version of the same car has already been launched in the U.S.
Technology available on the car will include a head-up display and wireless mobile phone charging.
The Corolla range will go on sale at the beginning of 2019 and will be built at Toyota’s factory in Burnaston, central England, where it replaces Auris production.
The Auris name was originally conceived because the Toyota worried the Corolla name was failing to generate excitement among customers in Europe. The Corolla name goes back to 1966 and was taken from the ring of petals around the center of a flower.