The three teaser images of Auris Hybrid (as the petrol-electric version of the Corolla is called in some European markets) reveal the front three-quarter angles of the updated hatch and wagon body styles and give a look at the new model's upgraded interior.
Set to go on sale in Australia in the second half of this year, the updated Corolla hatch is easily distinguished from the current model, sporting a fresh face with a new front grille and revised headlights, and a reworked lower intake that adds a sense of width to the front end.
Neither exterior image shows the back of the facelifted model, though we’re expecting subtle tweaks to the tail-lights and bumper to match the changes at the front.
The cabin sees a number of changes, including a new touchscreen infotainment system, restyled climate control functions, a revised instrument cluster and circular (outer) air vents.
The overseas press release accompanying the images promises the introduction of new safety features, likely from Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ suite, which includes technology such as auto emergency city braking, an advanced version of adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high beam and road sign assist. It’s unclear at this stage if these features will be made available in Australia.
The overseas release also alludes to “a new petrol and diesel line-up” to join the carryover hybrid drivetrain (not offered in Australia), though Toyota Australia says our Corolla hatch will continue to be powered by the existing 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, albeit with fuel efficiency improvements.
The updates will apply to only the Corolla hatchback in Australia. The Corolla wagon is not sold locally, while the Corolla sedan is still relatively new, having been released only 12 months ago, and features a unique design.
The Toyota Corolla has been the top-selling car in Australia for the past two years, edging out the Mazda 3 on both occasions.