Toyota has commenced production of its all-new 2019 Corolla of both hatchback and Touring Sports wagon body styles at the Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, UK. It means the first cars for the European market will arrive to showrooms from next month.
The brand has been already accepting pre-orders. The starting price announced for the British market is from £21,300 (€23,660 / $27,290). The available trim levels are Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Excel.
The dimensions of the new Toyota Corolla are 4,370mm x 1,790mm x 1,435mm, a wheelbase is 2,640mm. So, the model is 40mm longer, 30mm wider and 25mm lower than the preceding Auris.
The revised front end features a catamaran-hull-shaped grille , sports new LED headlamps and daytime running lights.
Styling, at the rear in particular, is taken from the 2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept the CT hatchback is based on. The rear windscreen is enlarged in rake, while a roof spoiler is standard on all trim levels.
The cars will arrive with 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and gasoline hybrid powertrains, excluding diesel options for the EU market.
The entry level offers an 8” infotainment system with reversing camera, heated front seats and automatic LED headlights. Top-range cars received sports seats, keyless entry and part-leather upholstery.
A return of the Corolla name also marks the Corolla’s switch to Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which gives the vehicle rigidity and a low center of gravity for better comfort, handling and driving.
The motor range includes a familiar 1.2-litre turbo 116-hp unit, two hybrid variants – a 1.8-liter 123-hp one and a new 2.0-liter 181-hp engine.
Upper picture: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback