CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the Toyota Corolla wagon undergoing hot-weather testing in southern Europe, confirming the most practical version of the world’s most popular small car is about to make a global comeback.

A staple since the first-generation Corolla launched in the late 1960s, the wagon body style disappeared from most international markets with the introduction of the current model in 2006 (Japan and New Zealand are among the few markets to offer the 10th-generation Corolla wagon).

The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla wagon is expected to be the third body style to join the new range, following the launch of the new hatch at the 2012 Paris motor show in September and the introduction of the sedan around 12 months later. Our spy photographers believe the Corolla wagon could be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show next September before hitting the market in 2014.

Although recent generations of the Corolla wagon have had different styling to the hatch, the new estate will bear a much greater resemblance to its five-door sibling.

The spy images reveal a front-end design seemingly identical to the leaked Corolla hatch images CarAdvice posted in May. The fresh styling introduces a V-shaped grille with sharper headlights and a sportier front bumper with a larger lower air intake.

An updated version of the existing 1.8-litre petrol engine is expected to bring new levels of performance and fuel economy to the 11th-generation Corolla, teaming with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). For the first time, the new Corolla will also be available with the option of a BMW-sourced diesel engine.

The all-new Toyota Corolla hatch goes on sale in Australia in the final quarter of this year following its debut at the 2012 Australian international motor show in Sydney in October. There is no word at this stage if the wagon variant will be reintroduced to our market to take on the likes of the Holden Cruze wagon and the Volkswagen Golf wagon.

  • Smart Us

    apart of new Corolla being hideous like all previous iterations (cant get ppl buying them new)… wagon makes real sense… good job toyota

    • Nasal Explorer

      I don’t know how you can see through the camouflage to comment on its appearance. Are you Superman

      • Force-15

        I think Smart Us is referring to the leaked images of the new Corolla that are linked to in the article’s fifth paragraph. I don’t think all Corollas are hideous but to be honest the latest Corolla’s styling leaves a LOT to be desired if the leaked images are anything to go by.

        • Timmy201

          Toyota NZ has the 11th gen wagon on its website..

          • Mattyman

            It sells like hot cakes as well. Problem is it only comes with the 1.5 engine and lap only center seat belts.

          • mrxandthexfactor

            Good spotting Timmy! But I think it’s the facelifted update of the old one. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Chest Rockwell

    Good move Toyota, not everyone wants a Softroader. I hope Oz gets a 6 speed torque converter auto not the CVT and the diesel does not have a DPF. Here’s hoping.

  • Henry Toussaint

    I know many of you don’t care, but just to let you know, The Tarago has been updated yet again with new wheels and interior/exterior colours are new. Thats just to let you know that the Tarago is still here…

  • TG

    This is already out in Japan as the new-shape Corolla Fielder, nothing new here.

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      I doubt it, because the Corolla Fielder and Axio are actually different cars compared to our Corolla. Our Corolla hatch just happens to be the Japanese Auris as well as just “Corolla” for the sedan. The Corolla Fielder and Corolla Axio are different cars as they are cheaper and used in many of the markets where money is a bit hard to come by. 

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      Plus judging from the rear lights, it’s not the same car. 

  • Couldbepossible

    What an annoying thing. Always mediocre and brainwashing hyundai-kia advertisement on Toyota articles.

    • Phunken

      Thanks to ur comment they have a Toyota generic model sell out now.

  • Info

    Oh dear, the Toyota link with Subaru has resulted to make the Corolla Wagon have an ugly face and lousy 5 speed manual or CVT. (Check the NZ Toyota website it has pdf etc.) This low spec offering is not what you should expect in a new model in 2012, No wonder the Korean twin brands are selling so well.

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      Not the same car as the Corolla Fielder which is on the NZ website. Plus, six speed manual. If it was the actual car, then there would have been news all over the auto industry by now.

  • mrxandthexfactor

    It’s so disappointing. If the leaks are anything to go by, the next Corolla looks 10 years out of date already. It looks promising (sort of) with the camouflage. The latest wagon Corolla offered in NZ isn’t all that good looking either. Looks like a Subaru Liberty wagon. They all look dull and boring. I reckon the Avensis looks better. 

  • Phunken

    Why is everyone surprise at the boring bloaty, slab sided styling of Corolla and Camry. Lots of boring Aussie out there who don’t even know the different between Prada and Lowes. This differentiate us from them.

  • Gan Tan

    Hyundai will be kicking themselves for not making the i30 wagon RHD.
    If the Rolla wagon is released here it’ll be the natural successor

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  • Michael Jordan

    I am late to this but LIKE LIKE LIKE. There are not so many options for
    small station wagons. Particularly given the wide choice of small 4WDs 

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  • socal

    PLEASE bring this  TOYota COROLLA WAGON to the UNITED STATES!!!!