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Toyota is bringing in three distinct Corolla bodystyles early next year – a saloon, a hatchback and an estate.

That’s possible because the next ‘Auris’ version will be badged as the Corolla hatchback (pictured).

The Corolla Sports Touring (formerly known as the Auris estate) will join it alongside the new saloon.

All three Corollas will major on hybrid technology. The first to publicly debut will be the Touring Sports model, at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Prices and spec for all the new models will be announced on October 18.

The saloon will make its world premiere in China in late autumn. Toyota here expect it to account for up to 90pc of sales.

It will have a hybrid powertrain – 1.8-litre petrol engine, electric motor – for the first time, as well as a conventional 1.6 petrol. It gets here mid-February.

The hatch and Touring Sport are scheduled for the third week of January. They will come with either 1.8 litre or 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains.

The new Auris, sorry Corolla, hatch is 25mm lower than the current one but has a 40mm longer wheelbase.

That extends to 100mm for the Touring Sport.

Meanwhile first arrivals of the RAV4 SUV are expected from the first week in January, while the Camry hybrid is due in early April.

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