Introducing the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Saloon

This is the all-new Toyota Corolla Saloon and it’s ready to join the 12th generation range alongside the new British-built Hatchback and Touring Sports models presented earlier this year. All three Corolla models will be introduced in the UK during the first quarter of 2019.

Each is designed to fulfil different customer needs. The compact Hatchback is aimed at young couples; the versatile Touring Sports for families; and the comfortable Saloon targeting young professionals who want more prestigious styling, on-board space and comfort.

The Saloon stands apart from its siblings with different styling that projects a more prestigious look.

It’s for young professionals who want more prestigious styling, on-board space and comfort

The frontal treatment evolves Toyota’s catamaran design cues with a striking two-step rendering of the front corners, flanking a strongly projecting lower grille – a feature common to the new Corolla family. The slim upper grille has a pronounced three-dimensional design and connects with the top of the sharply designed headlamp units, wrapping around the corners to emphasise the car’s low and firmly planted appearance.

Meanwhile, the rear of the car echoes the look of the front through the shape of the bumper and the inverted trapezium design of the boot lid. The rear lamp clusters are specific to the Saloon and connected by a chrome trim, which further highlights the car’s wide stance. The lenses also feature a light guide that gives the Saloon a distinctive illumination signature.

The spacious and ergonomic cabin is the same as that in the Hatchback and Touring Sports, hallmarked by its high sensory quality and advanced technologies. However, the Saloon has the same extended 2,700mm wheelbase as the Touring Sports, ensuring ample legroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers.

As well as offering design freedom to create a greater distinction between Saloon, Hatchback and Touring Sports versions, the new TNGA platform prioritises active and passive safety features and guarantees a more rewarding driving experience. A lower centre of gravity, a 60% more rigid body shell and multi-link suspension as standard all contribute to better handling and stability, without compromising ride comfort.

The Saloon will be available (according to market) with two powertrain options: a 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid that offers self-sufficient all-electric driving capabilities, or a 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT gearbox.

The new Corolla Saloon is being built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey; while Hatchback and Touring Sports models are being produced by Toyota Manufacturing UK at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

Please note that full details of the UK range, specifications and prices will be announced nearer the on-sale date.

Comments (15)

  1. I like the saloon version…1.8 with auto….but I am concerned about CVT gearbox…would prefer full auto normal gears….had lots of problems with MMT gear box……

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you like the saloon. As always, we appreciate customer feedback, so thank you for these comments.

  2. Completely agree with Malik and Per.

    I love the saloon body-type but unfortunately it will also be a disadvantage for the Corolla in the UK market where most buyers would prefer the HB/TS body-type. The only way to make it more appealing would be to offer the 2.0 Dynamic Force hybrid engine and Direct Shift CVT. Without that it is just another under-powered car with a dated power-train and a potential customer would see no reason to opt for it and go with the Mazda 3 saloon instead.

    Such a shame that Toyota took this decision. Hope the 2.0 Hybrid power-train is planned in the near future.

  3. Like it a lot but…. No Apple CarPlay!? With the UK being one of the biggest iOS markets in Europe by share, WHY is it that Touch 2 still offers no CarPlay integration? Passing on these comments is not enough any longer @Toyota UK!. When will we hear concrete news that you have put pressure onto Toyota HQ to deliver this feature?

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for contacting us and it’s great to hear that you like the look of the new Corolla. We appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the issues you mention, which is why we we pass all feedback on to our product team with the aim for future improvements.


      1. I’m with Kevin! In the last 4 years my family and I had 3 toyota (yaris HSD, Prius PHV and C-HR HSD) and no integration with CarPlay and AndroidAuto is unacceptable in 2018/2019! Especially if you think that when Carplay was announced, Toyota was one of the first brand to confirm compatibility!

  4. I am so glad that compact saloons seem to be making a comeback. I much prefer their look. This corolla saloon looks very sharp and I’ll certainly add it to the shortlist for my next car if its reasonably priced. Thanks for bringing it back to the UK market. Maybe Toyota could include it in a scrappage scheme next year?

  5. I do NOT want a hybrid; I want to be able to buy the 1.6 litre petrol-engined CVT version of the new Toyota Corolla saloon. Please make sure it is imported into the UK (otherwise you will have lost a sale…)

  6. I am interested in a petrol car rather than a hybrid. A report in the Daily Mail suggests that in the UK the only petrol Corolla will be the saloon but elsewhere it has been reported that the petrol car will not be coming to the UK. Can you please confirm the position. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Malik,

      Thank you for getting in touch, we are glad to hear that you like the look of the saloon. In regards to the engine, the 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain will offer self-sufficient all-electric driving capabilities. However, we appreciate customer feedback, so thank you for the comments.


      1. Malik have a point.
        The 1,8 120bhp hybrid is to weak for a european customer.

        You have to offer the 180bhp 2.0 hybrid or a turbo petrol with real power and torque. The 1,2T is too small for the Corolla.

        Otherwise I would go for the new Mazda 3. Mazda know that people want a drivers car and they can deliver.

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