Now that it's gotten its old name back, Toyota's new version of the Corolla is going on sale in the New Year. Some 90 per cent of sales are expected to be hybrids.

Having recently and wisely resurrected the Corolla name, Toyota is to launch the saloon version of the car in January. Nine out of ten sales are expected to be hybrid, with the balance made up of petrol sales. 

Prices will start from €26,820, plus delivery and related charges. The standard specification will include Toyota's Safety Sense package with a pre-collision warning system and pedestrian detection during both day and night time, cyclist detection in daylight hours, a full range adaptive cruise control system , lane departure alert and steering assist, road sign recognition and automatic high beam functions.

Hybrid versions will also have a new Lane Trace Assist (LTA) system for advanced driving support. When the system is active, it assists the driver in steering control to keep the vehicle in the correct lane and will nudge you back into the correct position through steering wheel feedback..

The new Corolla Saloon

The saloon version comes with a choice of two engines

The new Corolla Saloon will be available with a choice of two engines. The 1.8 litre self-charging hybrid system develops 122 horse power and Toyota says that car will run up to 50 per cent of average commuting time on the electric motor. 

The 1.6 litre petrol engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission, it delivers 132 horse power. Toyota is claiming very lower fuel consumption figures and lower emissions for both engines, but we'll have to see what the real-life conditions returns are.

The new model comes with an updated and improved cabin

Toyota promises a much-improved cabin

Toyota is promising a much-improved cabin "hallmarked by its high sensory quality and advanced technology and premium quality". 

This will include choices of an 8-inch multimedia touch screen or a 7-inch multi-information display and rear seat heaters.