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All-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback hints design for next-gen Corolla Altis

The next-generation Toyota Corolla is slowly tricking into markets worldwide, albeit in hatchback form. If the shape looks familiar, the car seen here is essentially the Auris, the European name for the Corolla hatchback. With that, it is likely that the sedan will be coming soon, maybe even this year.

There are some changes to the EU-spec Auris over the US-Spec Corolla hatchback. For starters, tweaks to the front end had to be made to comply with US regulations. As a result, it gets longer-shaped headlights with a different LED pattern. Of course, there's also the obligatory amber corner lights as required by US laws. Also, the grill is slimmer than its European counterpart and has a different trim piece for the single slat. Overall, the US-compliant front fascia is similar to that of the Prius Prime.


As for the rest of the car, it carries over unchanged from its European version. That means it retains the daring side profile and rear fascia from the Auris. The sides sees lines and creases featured throughout with a greater emphasis put in the rear quarter panels. Plus, a unique character line to give it a wider look. Its roof on the other hand presents a gentle, downward sweep, merging into the tailgate spoiler. As for the rear, its tail lights get a similar treatment as the headlights. The large rear bumper meanwhile extends away from the body, making it appear longer.

So while the current body style makes it difficult to visualize the sedan version, there's a clearer preview of the next-gen Corolla Altis on the inside. Traditionally, the cabin of the Corolla hatchback or Auris has been the same as the sedan versions. If that's the case, it's likely that the all-new Corolla Altis might get the same treatment. Toyota says the dash design is minimalistic with buttons making way for toggle switches instead. A floating screen takes center stage at the middle of the dashboard and more sweeping lines can be seen throughout.

The US engine choice might paint a better picture of what the Asia-Pacific models may be. It is the new 2.0-liter Dynamic Force direct injection engine, internally known as the M20A-FKS. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual with intelligent mode or a continuously variable transmission with ten simulated gears. The latter is the more possible option for the Asia-Pacific market.

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