New Toyota Corolla to replace Auris

Toyota's family hatchback will revert to the Corolla badge when new model arrives in 2019, plus there will be two hybrid variants but no diesel...

2019 Toyota Corolla front
2019 Toyota Corolla front

On sale Spring 2019 Priced from £20,000 (est)

The new Toyota Auris, which was revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show, has been rebadged as the Toyota Corolla – a name that was last used in the UK 13 years ago.

According to Toyota, the decision was taken due to a desire to give its Ford Focus and VW Golf rival a single identity in all world markets. However, it remains to be seen whether this policy will be extended to other models in the company's range.

The other big news is that there will be two hybrid versions of the new Corolla, but no diesel.

2019 Toyota Corolla rear

You can have the 121bhp powertrain from the Toyota Prius, which combines a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, plus a new 2.0-litre hybrid producing 178bhp. But the only conventional engine is a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol with 114bhp.

The decision to not offer a diesel was apparently due to falling demand; 41% of the Toyotas bought in Europe in 2017 were hybrids.

The 2018 Auris is based on a new platform and is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor in an effort to make it look more dramatic. Plus, it features a front grille that was apparently inspired by a catamaran's hull.

There were fears production of the Auris might be moved out of the UK following the Brexit vote, but Toyota has now confirmed that the new car will be built at its factory in Derbyshire.

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