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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Toyota Corolla hatch, the latest iteration of Australia’s top-selling car, will get two distinct appearances inspired by Europe and the US when it goes on sale locally next month.

Toyota Australia has confirmed the design of the entry-level Corolla Ascent and Ascent Sport hatch variants will be based on the refreshed Toyota Auris from Europe, while the sporty SX and ZR variants will have more aggressive styling similar to that of the Scion iM hatch that debuted in New York last month.

The Euro-inspired 2015 Toyota Corolla hatch variants get a more prominent Toyota logo at the front flanked by chrome ‘wings’, new headlight clusters, and a restyled front bumper and lower grille that give the impression of extra width to the front end.

There are also new tail-light lenses and a reshaped rear bumper, freshening the look at the back.

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The Scion-inspired Corolla hatch variants get a sharper sports body kit with piano black honeycomb mesh in the grille and hexagonal lower air intake. The sports styling continues along the side skirts and to the rear bumper, which sits beneath distinctive red-lens tail-lights.

Based on overseas updates, the 2015 Corolla hatch will also get an interior makeover with a redesigned dashboard, new trims and materials, and a new touchscreen infotainment system.

Steering and suspension revisions have also been made in the pursuit of a more comfortable and engaging experience for the driver and passengers.

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Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said both design themes would give the 2015 Corolla hatch greater road presence.

“We are spicing up the Corolla hatch range with two distinct looks – the classic redesign seen in the European car and the added spark displayed by the sporty-looking US car,” Cramb said.

“In Australia, we can draw on the global strength of Toyota to offer compelling designs for cars like Corolla that stand out in the market and offer maximum appeal to buyers who have different tastes.

“This underscores Toyota’s ability to ensure Corolla moves with the times to meet the changing needs of Australian drivers and their families.”

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The updated Corolla hatch will carry over its 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, though Toyota Australia has promised improved fuel efficiency from the model that currently consumes between 6.6 and 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.

Expect more details on the 2015 Toyota Corolla hatch, including updated pricing and specification information, to be announced shortly ahead of its arrival in local showrooms in June.

The Corolla is Australia’s top-selling car once again this year, with 14,910 units registered. The next best is its rival, the Mazda 3, with 13,424.




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