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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Is The Practical Wagon We Need

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Please Toyota, bring it to the US.

Toyota surprised us when it revealed the 2019 Corolla hatchback before revealing the sedan. While we certainly love hatchbacks, as does the rest of the world, sedans are far more popular in the US. Fortunately, the new Corolla is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which can be modified to suit a number of different new models. We knew that more Corolla models were on the way, including a rumored hot hatch. We thought the sedan would be revealed next, but Toyota has instead revealed the Corolla Touring Sports, an elongated wagon variant of the Corolla hatch.

While it is certainly no hot hatch, the Corolla Touring Sports is no slouch either. Underneath, the car features McPherson front struts, a multi-link rear suspension, new shock absorber valve technology, and an adaptive variable suspension. The wagon shares much of its looks with the hatchback, which is good news. It was designed at Toyota's European Design Center in Zaventem, Belgium, with a clear European focus in mind. Toyota hasn't specified if this model will come to the US, but it doesn't seem likely.

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Under the hood sits either a gasoline engine or one of two hybrid drivetrains. The 1.2-liter turbo gas engine produces 114 horsepower while the two hybrids, a 1.8-liter, and a 2.0-liter, produce 120 hp and 178 hp respectively. None of these engines are offered in the US-Spec Corolla, which is currently powered by a 2.0-liter gas engine producing 168 hp.

It wouldn't take much for Toyota to sell the Corolla wagon in the US, as it is very similar to the hatchback minus the European engine options. The wagon offers more space in the trunk as well as more leg room for rear seat occupants. As much as we'd love to have this wagon, we'll settle for a hotter version of the Corolla hatch.