First published by Japanese website Response, the images reveal the front, rear and interior styling of the new Corolla hatch, which is set to be officially unveiled in around three weeks ahead of its Australian debut at the Sydney motor show in October.
Seen here wearing Auris badges (as it is sold in Europe and Japan), Australia’s Toyota Corolla hatch will look almost identical to the cars pictured when it reaches local showrooms in the final quarter of this year.
The images confirm the 11th-generation Corolla will feature more aggressive exterior styling, with pointed headlights integrated into a V-shaped grille, a large trapezoidal lower air intake, angular horizontally mounted tail-lights and a sporty rear bumper with a large dark diffuser.
The cabin also takes a generational leap forward, trading the current Corolla’s conservative rounded edges for angles and silver accents that create a more modern and youthful ambience.
Automotive website CarScoop reports the Auris sold in Japan will initially be available with the choice of two petrol engines: a 79kW 1.5-litre and a 106kW 1.8-litre, the latter of which is expected to power the new Corolla in Australia.
For the first time, the Corolla will also be offered with a BMW-sourced diesel engine as a result of the partnership signed by the Japanese and German companies in December. Toyota Australia says it will import diesel-powered Corollas if they are made available for our market.
The Toyota Corolla hatch is expected to launch around 12 months ahead of the new Corolla sedan, due in late 2013. Toyota is also developing a wagon based on the new hatchback, although Toyota Australia says it has no plans to reintroduce a Corolla wagon in the local market.