Toyota Corolla - Three distinct body styles

Toyota Corolla - Three distinct body styles

14.02.2019: The new GA-C platform gives design freedom for individually distinctive Hatchback, Touring Sports and Sedan variants Lower roof, bonnet and seat hip points with wider front and rear track for lower centre of gravity and more athletic stance




    The new GA-C platform gives design freedom for individually distinctive Hatchback, Touring Sports and Sedan variants


    Lower roof, bonnet and seat hip points with wider front and rear track for lower centre of gravity and more athletic stance

    Touring Sports body type unique to Europe and styled in Europe at the recently opened Design Centre in Belgium

    More prestigious front and rear design for Sedan






The TNGA philosophy introduces new, defined guidelines for the positioning of different components which simplify vehicle design in key areas. The impact is on items that are largely out of sight, so designers still had the freedom to give each new Corolla variant a visually distinctive and individual look with a lower stance and more appealing proportions.





Dynamic compact Hatchback




The new Corolla Hatchback adopts a significantly more sporting, dynamic and distinctive design with more striking frontal styling.





This is a further evolution of Toyota’s Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design philosophies. Beneath the curved front edge of a flatter, clamshell bonnet, the narrow upper grille incorporates new, all-LED headlamp clusters with integral Daytime Running Lights (DRL).



The surround to the large, trapezoidal lower grille projects powerfully forward. It is less pointed and more vertical than before, resulting in the 20 mm reduction to the vehicle’s front overhang.




The sides of the grille surround form a trademark, catamaran hull shape at the front corners of the new Corolla, emphasising the vehicle’s increase in width, and its broad, sporting stance. The upturned edges of the front spoiler locate new, LED foglamps. And the grille mesh itself is of a new more articulate and refined design.



In profile, the elegance of the new Hatchback’s sleek, sporting silhouette is enhanced by a choice of four new wheel designs including 18” machined-finish aluminium alloy wheels and two new 17” alloy wheel designs -one silver and one black machined-finish.


The new rear design is more rounded than before, strengthening the visual relationship between the front and rear of the vehicle. The tailgate is constructed in resin to both make possible the design’s complex curvature, and to save weight.



An increase in rear windscreen angle of some 14 degrees and the muscular hip above the rear wheel arch combine to make the overall appearance of the vehicle rear more compact. A roof spoiler is integrated into the tailgate and a shark fin antenna is fitted as standard on all model grades.



The rear all-LED lamp clusters feature light guides placed as far as possible towards the vehicle extremities to emphasise the new Corolla’s wide, planted rear stance. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design; a thin lower lip here incorporating twin chrome inserts on the 2.0L Hybrid variant.



Overall length of the new Hatchback has increased by 40 mm, all of which has been absorbed within a longer wheelbase for a better driving position, higher levels of safety and improved design. The front overhang has been reduced by 20 mm, whilst the rear overhang has been increased by the same amount.



The overall height of the Hatchback has been reduced by some 25 mm, whilst the cowl height of both is a substantial 47 mm lower. The result is a sleeker shape and a more attractive, lower bonnet, which gives the driver a clearer forward view and more confidence behind the wheel.



These reductions in height, allied to a lowering of front and rear seating hip points by 24 and 26 mm respectively, lower the centre of gravity of the Hatchback by 10 mm. Front track width has increased by 6 mm, and rear track width by 30 mm. In combination, these measures contribute to more comfort, better stability and improved handing.



The new Corolla Hatchback will be available in a choice of 11 body colours of which four -Oxide Bronze, Flame Red, Platinum and Mocha Brown- are new.



Exclusive to the segment, the Corolla Hatchback’s dynamic design is further emphasised through a range of four optional bi-tone colour schemes available from launch. They combine the body colour with a metallic black finish to the roof, roof front and rear pillars, and the door mirrors.





Versatile Touring Sports for Europe




With a body type that is unique to Europe, the new Touring Sports was styled in Europe at the recently opened Design Centre in Zaventem, Belgium. Thanks to the adoption of TNGA, the new wagon was developed in parallel to the Hatchback and Sedan and, as such, has become a distinctly separate model in its own right.



Though it shares the same dynamic, distinctive frontal styling and 25 mm reduction in overall height as the new Corolla Hatchback, every panel of the new Touring Sports from the B pillar aft is exclusive to the model, giving the wagon the refined, sensuous appearance and sweeping roofline of an elegant yet robust shooting brake.



This sporting profile is enhanced by a choice of the same four new wheel designs as those offered on the Hatchback, and reinforced by the same wide, flaring wheel arches, their edges hemmed to allow the positioning of the wheels further outwards to emphasise the new Corolla’s wider stance and lower centre of gravity.



To the rear, the Touring Sports design theme shares the Hatchback’s muscular rear shoulders, and widely spaced, full-LED lamp clusters. The rear windscreen is raked 12 degrees more than that of the current generation.



Distinct from the hatchback, the licence plate has been repositioned higher, within the tailgate panel, and the step at the tailgate sill has been reduced for a more premium appearance. Deeper rear bumper styling also echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design, and houses a twin-exhaust on the 2.0L Hybrid variant.



Although front and rear overhangs have been reduced, the new Touring Sports is 55 mm longer than the model it replaces. More significantly, it has a 100 mm longer wheelbase of 2,700 mm, and the front-to-rear seat couple distance has increased by 48 mm to 928 mm, providing best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom.



The Touring Sports will be available in the same choice of 11 body colours as the Touring Sports, and will also benefit from the same range of four optional bi-tone colour schemes.






Prestigious Sedan




Building on the sleek and dynamic design of the compact Hatchback and the versatile Touring Sports, the new Sedan benefits from the same wide and low stance inherent in the new GA-C platform. However, its own individuality within the Corolla family is reflected by a more prestigious exterior design with all-new front and rear styling.



To the front, Toyota’s Under Priority Catamaran design philosophy has been further evolved. A more striking, two-step execution of the fender front corners flank the powerfully projecting lower grille, a common design theme of the new Corolla family. The slim upper grille has a more three-dimensional design and connects with the top of the sharply designed headlamps, wrapping around the corners to emphasise the car’s low and firmly planted appearance.



The rear design mimics the frontal execution through the dynamic shape of the bumper and the inversed trapezoid design of the trunk lid. The sedan-specific rear lamp clusters are connected through a chrome ornamentation strip, further highlighting the model’s wide stance.



Furthermore, the unique signature of the front and rear LED light guides make the new Corolla Sedan instantly recognisable.



Its overall length increased by 10 mm, the new Sedan features a 5 mm reduction in front overhang and a 15 mm increase in rear overhang. It shares the same extended 2,700 mm wheelbase as the Touring Sports.



The Sedan’s overall height and boot lid surface have both been reduced by 20 mm, and its cowl height lowered by 35 mm. In combination with a lowering of front and rear seating hip points by 23 and 9 mm respectively, these height reductions also give the new Sedan a lower centre of gravity.



Sharing the same four new wheel design options as the rest of the new Corolla model range, the Sedan will be available with a choice of nine body colours, of which one -Celestite Grey Metallic- has been uniquely developed for the new Sedan.

 



Vincent Dewaersegger, photos Toyota

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