Corolla-based estate spotted in Southern Europe ahead of anticipated Paris debut.

The new-generation Toyota Auris wagon has been spied by photographers during development testing, ahead of a potential reveal later this year.

Based on the European version of the Corolla, known there as the Auris, the wagon looks very much like a stretched version of the hatchback. The current version is officially dubbed the 'Auris Touring Sports'.

Like its smaller sibling, the Auris wagon will be based on a version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform – which in models like the Corolla, Prius and Camry has improved handling and dynamics, and allows for alternative powertrain technology.

Powertrains will likely include the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrids destined for the new-generation Auris in Europe. A plug-in hybrid is also on the cards, along with an all-electric version.

It's believed the new Auris wagon could make its debut at the Paris motor show in October, with a market launch to follow a little after.

Australia

Toyota's local division hasn't offered a Corolla wagon since the ninth-generation small car in the early- to late-2000s, and it seems like we won't get this new one, either.

Speaking with CarAdvice, Orlando Rodriguez, product public relations manager for Toyota Australia, ruled out a wagon-bodied Corolla for our market.

"Currently there are no plans to introduce a wagon variant of Corolla into Australia," he said.

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