Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Meet the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla

Meet the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla

The sedan will join the Corolla hatchback in Australia "more than a year" after reveal. Although no other details are available on what exactly this hybrid vehicle will be all about, the Japanese promise more mileage than ever before. That begins with sportier proportions: the new auto is lower and wider than its predecessor, and though the wheelbase is unchanged, Toyota says it shortened the front overhang and extended the rear one - all moves that can help give a vehicle a better visual stance on the road. Whether the vehicle we get in Australia will have the same snout, or whether we'll get a version with a nose adapted from the hatchback, remains to be seen.

At China's Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota unveiled a redesigned Corolla sedan, making the world's best-selling vehicle more connected and efficient than ever before.

On the TNGA platform, the new Corolla sedan sits 5mm wider and 10mm longer than the previous version, while being 20mm lower to the ground.

The new Toyota Corolla Sedan tech like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, seven airbags, and a reversing camera across the range.

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The new Corolla sedan has grown some 10 mm in length to 4 640 mm and 5 mm in width to 1 780 mm.

Toyota has taken the wraps off the new 12th-generation Corolla sedan at the 2018 Guangzhou motor show ahead of its launch in global markets, early next year. Aside from a configuration that lowers the driver's hip point and shifts it rearward, sportier versions get a new front seat design featuring a unique shape, with broad shoulder supports and a headrest nestling into the shoulder area, while seat material on higher grades feature the use of SofTex synthetic leather. The instrument cluster features a 4.2-inch trip computer as standard with an upgraded 7-inch one offered as an option. Toyota says the new interior has an "elevated feeling of quality in every surface, switch and control the driver sees and touches".

The new Corolla will be offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A multi-link rear suspension is also a major advance over the torsion beam setup used in the previous generation and works together with MacPherson strut suspension up front. We are looking at the elegantly designed "Prestige" variant, and there's a "Sporty" variant too, which, in China, is sold as a separate model (all-new Toyota Levin).

Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start sometime around the middle of 2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

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