Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
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Toyota Corolla sedan gets a bold new look in its 12th generation

Toyota Corolla sedan gets a bold new look in its 12th generation

For the Chinese market, Toyota and its partners, Tianjian FAW Toyota Motor and GAC Toyota Motor will be selling two versions of the new sedan concurrently - Corolla will be sold by FAW Toyota while Levin will be sold by GAC Toyota.

Sedan powertrain options are expected to mirror those of the hatchback, which in Europe is offered with just a single conventional engine (in the form of the 1,2-litre turbopetrol that debuted in the C-HR) plus a choice of 2,0-litre hybrid powertrains in various states of tune.

Although it has a wider track than the vehicle it replaces and rides 20mm lower, the new sedan rides on an unchanged 2700mm wheelbase.

The twelfth-generation C-segment model has made its global debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show alongside a China-only Levin version, with the USA version also being announced simultaneously. The most efficient versions of the Insight are rated at 52 mpg combined, which is surely a number Toyota will try to beat with the new Corolla.

This represents the 12th generation of the Corolla nameplate, and this time around the sedan and hatch variants are closely related. The China Corolla measures in at 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, making it 10 mm longer, five mm wider and 45 mm shorter than the old vehicle. Toyota says the new interior has an "elevated feeling of quality in every surface, switch and control the driver sees and touches".

Toyota says that compared with the previous version, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are lower to increase visibility and create the interior's open feel.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan has been fully revealed, marking the first full redesign for the US-market version of the popular vehicle since 2013. The cabin is also said to be quieter, owing to extensive use of sound-deadening materials.

Inside, the Corolla's new dashboard falls in line with the larger Camry and features either 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreens for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Track width, however, is up by 0.5 and 0.9 inches at the front and rear, respectively, while a multi-link rear suspension replaces the torsion beam of today's Corolla.

Depending on the market it is sold in, the all-new Corolla sedan can be had with a range of engines, including a new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine. It also receives new MacPherson struts in the front, enhancing driving dynamics. An advanced suite of integrated active and pre-collision safety items (such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert and automatic high beams), meanwhile, will also be available.

The initial line up will present the auto in Sporty and Prestige forms.

Sales of the all-new Corolla sedan is expected to start in North America and Europe in spring 2019.

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