Geneva Motor Show 2018: Next-gen Toyota Auris breaks cover


Get used to these looks, because you will be seeing a lot of the new Toyota Corolla on Australian roads when it arrives in August. This platform provides a lower centre of gravity for better stability, a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension setup, and a more rigid body shell.

A year ago almost 15 percent of Toyota's sales in Europe were from diesel vehicles, down from 30 percent in 2012.

An optional hybrid powertrain shared with the Prius will give people the choice of an understated petrol-electric model without carrying baggage attached to the brand's eco-champion. Toyota Australia hasn't confirmed the outputs but says it offers "substantially more power and torque" than the current Corolla engine.

The engine changes are similarly subtle, but they bring the Aygo's 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine up to the very latest Euro emissions standards.

Longer and lower than its predecessor, the new 2018 Auris will cut a sleeker shape on the road too, thanks to its longer bonnet and new roofline that is 47mm lower compared to the outgoing model.

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According to Toyota, the 1.8-litre hybrid Corolla will rival the Prius for fuel economy (3.4L/100km) and will see real-world usable all-electric range the company claims could account for up to 50 percent of everyday driving.

As you can see, the 2019 Corolla adopts a sporty, modern and bold design philosophy. Width is increased 30mm and the front overhang is reduced by 20mm, again, supporting driving dynamics.

"Corolla hatch is a more premium and stylish auto that guarantees a more rewarding driving experience and places a priority on the highest active and passive safety standards", Hanley said.

The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla will arrive in Australia around August, and presents a larger, better-featured offering than its predecessor in the highly competitive small vehicle market.

The precise United Kingdom model and pricing details will be announced closer to launch later in 2018.