Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the next-gen Auris at the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Although the news doesn’t make any sense to the Indian auto market but what makes a definite sense is that the revealed Auris previews the next-generation Toyota Corolla that will be based on the Auris sedan. Toyota Corolla is expected to be revealed globally in late 2018 or early 2019 and the Indian market will see the introduction in a few years.
The newly revealed Toyota Auris will come underpinned by Toyota’s latest modular platform- Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). As claimed by the automaker, this platform is more rigid and has a lower centre of gravity in order to improve the ride and handling experience of the cars based on the new platform. Apart from this, the TNGA platform by Toyota is highly flexible and can be converted into a variety of body styles and can be easily electrified as well. The automaker is also planning to introduce some of its future SUVs based on the same platform in the Indian market in near future.
In terms of powertrain, the newly introduced Toyota Auris will be offered with the Corolla’s new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain from the Indian market. The engine is capable of producing 177 Bhp of maximum power. The new 2.0-litre Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) has been specially developed for TNGA-based models and packs a brand new 2.0-litre direct-injected petrol engine from Toyota’s latest Dynamic Force Engine family. Apart from this, another 1.8-litre hybrid system that also powers the Prius will also be on offer with a maximum output of 120 Bhp.
Toyota had discontinued the diesel engine options- the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre D-4D from the Auris in Europe in late 2017 and none of the TNGA-based cars offer a diesel engine at the moment, hence it seems that the new Corolla might as well ditch its diesel engine as the TNGA-based cars are only offered with a hybrid or a petrol option. However, according to Toyota, the reason behind this discontinuation is the declining sales of the diesel-powered versions in Europe and though there’s no official word on an all-electric Corolla, it is destined to get a hybrid powertrain looking at the path it will follow.
Also, in India since the Government is likely to enforce CAFE (corporate average fuel efficiency) norms from 2022 onwards, it will require all automakers to have minimum average fuel efficiency for their lineup. Therefore, the already fuel efficient hybrids will definitely make a good deal for the customers in the country. Since, Toyota already assembles the Camry Hybrid in the country; we can expect the automaker to do the same for the upcoming Corolla as well.
In terms of looks, the new Auris features Toyota’s modern cars design philosophy. The massive trapezoidal lower grille holds the maximum space at the front and it is likely to be the same case with the upcoming Corolla as well. Although, the existing Auris and the Corolla Altis that is on sale in India are not similar to each other when it comes to their design and differ in everything from look, features and performance but as the upcoming Corolla will come based on the next-gen Auris, we can definitely expect to see a number of changes in the upcoming Toyota Corolla.
However, the interior of the newly revealed is still under the wraps but according to the reports in the market, the cars will have a free-floating display, the touchscreen unit of both the cars is unlikely to offer Android Auto connectivity, while CarPlay might be on offer as Toyota’s latest Entune 3.0 infotainment will reportedly offer the same by 2019. Currently, none of Toyota’s models feature Android Auto or CarPlay including the luxury cars by the Japanese automaker. Apart from these, while the current Corolla features a relatively subpar torsion beam setup at the rear, the Europe-spec Auris continues to offer independent rear suspension as earlier. Now, we can expect the Corolla to be offered with the same independent rear suspension in order to stay in competition with Skoda Octavia and the upcoming Honda Civic in the segment.
Talking about the price, with the implementation of BSVI emission norms, prices of diesel cars are expected to increase substantially compared to their petrol counterparts. In this case, the hybrids could easily replace diesels as they offer better refinement levels and diesel-like efficiency. Since, the existing Corolla is priced between Rs 15.70 lakh - 19.64 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) in the Indian market and the next Toyota sedan, the Camry Hybrid, is priced at Rs 37.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) at a premium of around Rs 17 lakh compared to the current Corolla. However, the arch rival Skoda Octavia, has a price range of Rs 16.02 - 26.25 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India) hence, Toyota gets quite a good window in price range and is expected to introduce the upcoming Corolla keeping that in mind.
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