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The Toyota Supra Concept may hog the headlines at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but there’s another Toyota model that’s headed to the big dance. That model also happens to be the next-generation hatchback version of the company’s best-selling model, the Corolla. It’s also known as the Auris in Europe, but just as that it’s important for the folks over there, it’s arrival in the U.S. — if it comes to that — will come with the car being called the Corolla iM.

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Note: Current Toyota Auris pictured here.

There aren’t that many details about the Toyota Corolla hatchback to go by at this point. What we do know is that the model will be developed together with the 12th-generation Toyota Corolla sedan. Like the sedan, the hatchback model will make use of Toyota’s TNGA modular platform, the same platform that currently underpins both the Camry and the Prius.

Toyota’s done a good job to keep the car’s design a mystery. Spy shots of the test mule didn’t reveal much, nor did the teaser image Toyota released alongside the announcement of its Geneva debut. To the latter’s credit, it did show an interesting setup for the lights and a sloping roofline that suggests that the car could be a little longer than we expected.

Toyota has confirmed that the Euro-spec Auris hatch will feature a new 2.0-liter inline-four engine that comes with 40 percent thermal efficiency and improved torque across its entire powerband.

On the side of powertrains, Toyota has confirmed that the Euro-spec Auris hatch will feature a new 2.0-liter inline-four engine that comes with 40 percent thermal efficiency and improved torque across its entire powerband. The four-cylinder will be paired with a hybrid system that Toyota claims will have improved fuel economy and better driving performance.

We’ll reserve our judgments for the car’s performance and efficiency until we get to drive one, but from the looks of things, the new Corolla hatchback should make its nameplate proud.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Auris.

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World Premiere of next generation Auris
Debut of new AYGO with fresh exterior and even more driving enjoyment
European Premiere of Concept-i Series and TOYOTA FINE-Comfort Ride Concept to showcase the potential of electrification, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence
World premiere of a racing concept signalling the return of Toyota’s most iconic sports car
A world premiere at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show (March 6-18), the third generation Auris features a more dynamic exterior design and, with a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, marks the debut of Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy.

Also making its world debut, the new AYGO’s unique DNA and stand-out positioning within the highly-competitive A-segment have been further strengthened. Not only does it feature a more youthful and distinctive frontal design, but its improved performance and handling characteristics also make it even more fun to drive.

Under the vision of “Better Mobility For All”, Toyota will showcase the design and engineering it is exploring to maximise the potential of future Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), autonomous driving and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Making full use of autonomous driving capabilities and AI, the Concept-i Series is a family of three BEVs, each of which has been designed to meet the needs of different types of user in varied driving environments.

The TOYOTA FINE-Comfort Ride Concept looks at how FCEV technology can be developed to produce a spacious new form of premium saloon with a flexible layout.

Last but not least, Toyota will also reveal a modern racing concept which signals its commitment to bring the brand’s most iconic sports car back to the market.

The Toyota press conference will take place on March 6th at 09:45 at the Toyota stand in Hall 4.

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