Toyota introduced the redesigned Auris at the Geneva Motor Show and now the automaker has announced the model will adopt the Corolla moniker when it is launched in Europe early next year.
The last minute switch comes as a bit of a surprise, but Toyota said it’s a fitting decision as the car rides on the TNGA platform which replaces three different architectures. Toyota also noted Corolla is the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate and more than 45 million models have sold since the Corolla was introduced in 1966. By replacing the Auris with the Corolla, those numbers will climb even further.
In a statement, Toyota Motor Europe CEO Dr Johan van Zyl said “The TNGA engineering and design philosophy brings a whole new dimension to our next generation C-segment models.” He went on to say, “There is no better moment than the launch of the upcoming new generation model to re-introduce the Corolla name to our C-segment hatchback and wagon models.”
Besides announcing the name change, Toyota confirmed the Corolla Touring Sports will debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall. The wagon was spotted earlier this month and it will feature a more adventurous design which echoes the five-door hatchback. The model is also expected to be larger than its predecessor and Toyota used today’s announcement to confirm plans for a hybrid variant.
Besides the Touring Sports, the Corolla will be offered as a sedan and hatchback. All three should be available with an assortment of different engines including a turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol and two hybrid options. Toyota hasn’t released detailed specifications, but the 1.8-liter hybrid engine will produce 122 hp (91 kW / 123 PS) while the 2.0-liter hybrid will develop 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS).