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Revealed: The all-important new Toyota Corolla saloon

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:54am

Toyota is finally adding hybrid power to its biggest-selling model.

While everyone waits with baited Brexit breath to see what sort of shape the Irish car market will take in 2019, most manufacturers are at least playing the saintly card and offering as many diesel alternatives as possible.

None more so than Toyota, which has been peppering us with hybrid headlines, including those for the new Camry, the new RAV4, and the new Corolla hatchback, in recent weeks.

Toyota’s big news this week, and following on from the reveals of the new RAV4, Camry, and Corolla hatchback and Touring Sports estate this year, is the new Corolla saloon. Revealed at the massive Ghangzhou Motor Show in China, display models of the new four-door Corolla will arrive in Ireland in December, with first sales starting in February.

Clearly sharing much of its styling, and certainly sharing all of its chassis, with the hatchback and estate versions, the Corolla saloon is being a little more conservative in its powertrain choice, possibly reflecting the more traditional natures of its buyers. The saloon misses out on the 2.0 litre 180hp hybrid that you’ll find in the hatchback, and instead uses the tried and trusted 1.8 litre version, with 122hp. Under the new WLTP test, claimed emissions are 98g/km, with 4.8 litres per 100km fuel economy.

The saloon borrows the estate’s long 2.7 metre wheelbase, so rear legroom should be pretty impressive, and there’s an eight-inch touchscreen to keep those in the front happy.

Safety kit is good too, with the expected autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. New on the safety front is a system called Lane Trace Assist (LTA), which is like a more subtle version of lane departure steering, and works with the active cruise control to help the driver keep the car neatly in its lane. Prices for the new Corolla saloon will start from €26,820 with PCP finance starting from €208 per month.

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