Meanwhile In Japan, Toyota Reveals Corolla Wagon

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Far away from the hubub of the New York Auto Show, Toyota has released a facelift for its station wagon version of the new Corolla. Of course, it’s not for us.

The Toyota Corolla Fielder is a wagon variant of the JDM Corolla, which features different dimensions (namely, less width to make it easier to maneuver and less length to comply with Japanese tax regulations) and a different powertrain. A hybrid system is available as well. North America will soon get the Toyota Auris, a larger hatch that will be badged as the Scion iM. This Corolla though, might actually be more desirable.

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Mar 30, 2015

    Fellow lovers of compact wagons and hatches, how sad is it that we feel a pang of desire for a Corolla, when in the early 2000s we had a whole fleet of affordably-priced screaming-yellow sporty miniwagons to choose from: Mazda Protege5, Ford Focus ZXW 2.3, Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart. But wait... What if the answer is just 100 miles away at your nearest Mitsubishi dealer? Behold the Outlander Sport. The electric-teal paint, stubby length, rear-pinched window, and wipe-clean hard plastic interior recall a Pearl-Jam-era Honda Civic, only ugly. The optional 2.4 liter engine recalls the Ralliart. And if you drop your Outback Sport on a set of lowering springs like my neighbor did, you've got a proper wagon. I'd rather overextend myself buying or maintaining a compact VW turbowagon. But still.

    • Gtem Gtem on Mar 30, 2015

      Outlander sport has a nonexistent cargo hold, it's one of the 'chopped butt' hatchbacks that I completely don't care for. I do like that it has a semblance of ground clearance, and can be had with a stick shift. My family once rented the neatest Corolla wagon in Siberia, a totally stripped out Japanese RHD 'courier' model of the AE100 chassis (93-97 Corolla here in the US). They only came in white, with unpainted black plastic bumpers. 1.6 4AFE engine with about 105hp, 4spd manual, vinyl seats, and a beam axle suspended on leaf springs in the rear, much like the first 3 generations of caravans. There's some sort of weight rating on the back hatch that said 800kg... not sure if that's really the payload of this little beast? The more upscale 'civilian' models were in abundance over there as well, "Fielder Touring-G" with much larger taillights, and all sorts of spoilers and mudguards and alloy wheels and such.

  • Spw Spw on Mar 30, 2015

    It is literally designed for old people (said so in PR). They also announced Corolla Axio, which is sedan version.

  • Mechaman Mechaman on Mar 31, 2015

    You had me at, 'of course, it's not for us'. Hallelujah!

  • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Mar 31, 2015

    I like a sw without the rood racks. Looks much sleeker, like the long hatch it is. The previous Fielder did quite well here in Brazil, then they discontinued it because the next car didn't have a sw variant. With this, there is hope we will get a new Fielder, and sw lovers like my dad could be tempted.

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    • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Mar 31, 2015

      @spw I'm not really that up-to-date on my Corollas, but (IRRC) this generation and the re-design previous didn't get the Fielder because the Euro or North American Corolla it was built on didn't. I believe our last Corolla was the American one (hence no SW), but the current one follows the Euro design and that is why a SW is possible.