The next Corolla Hatch revealed
“The new Corolla hatch will have a fresh and exciting makeover with a heavily European inspired design,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product and New Vehicle Sales. “It’s going to be a brand-new ground-up build, on Toyota’s new global platform, with a more gratifying driving experience.” Longer, wider and featuring a longer wheelbase than the current car, the new Corolla hatch has a lower stance and more appealing proportions. The TNGA platform features a lower centre of gravity, multi-link rear suspension and a more rigid body shell that contributes to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort. A choice of hybrid electric and petrol powertrains are provided for the new model. This includes the latest version of Toyota's 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain. Its fuel efficiency will rival the hybrid halo model, Prius, while fulfilling all the requirements customers have come to expect from a Toyota hybrid powertrain - silent, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient. Corolla hatch's overall length has been increased by 40mm, all of which has been absorbed within the longer wheelbase. The roof's peak has been lowered 25mm, while the cowl height is a significant 47mm lower than the current model.