The second-generation Auris, just like the eleventh-generation Corolla, have been around since 2012. Considering that the ninth and tenth generation of the Corolla have been produced for six years each, it’s safe to assume that the successor will arrive in the calendar year 2018 as a 2019 model year. The biggest news regarding this thing, however, is that the Corolla (and Auris) will switch to the Toyota NGA-C platform, a variation of the Toyota New Global Architecture employed by the eco-friendly Prius and C-HR.
Despite the tons of camouflage, it’s safe to assume that this prototype is almost ready for production. While hard to believe, the Corolla hatchback will adopt intriguing styling cues, especially at the front. The grille, hood, and the headlights are in a much lower position compared to the current model.
A much more intriguing aesthetic detail is the position of the side mirrors because they are located higher on the A-pillar as compared to other compact hatchbacks. As for the rear fascia, is it me or does it look extremely similar to the current model? Ah, but have you noticed the different C-pillar and shoulder line? As for the inside, the spy lensmen told us that they’ve caught a glimpse of “a completely new interior.”
When it comes down to engine options, speculation is rampant. The most likely candidate will come in the form of a 1.2 turbo four-cylinder engine as found under the hood of the C-HR. A gentleman going by the name of Cpt. Obvious suggests that the hybrid will borrow everything the fourth-gen Prius has to offer.