Meet the new Toyota Corolla

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 16, 2018

Toyota says it will be offered with "many of the features" of the hatch launched in August.

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

Toyota Corolla is the most sold sedan ever across the world and capitalising on its popularity different body styles were introduced over the years.

The sedan will join the Corolla hatchback in Australia "more than a year" after reveal. The newest iteration of the venerable compact vehicle, the 2020 Corolla sedan, is here with the intention to change that. And the driver's seating position has been moved nearly an inch lower and 1.57-inches farther rearward, adjustments said to improve both comfort and the car's weight distribution.

In the US, the Corolla will be offered with a choice of three engines, with power ranging from 139 hp on the 1.8-liter model and can go up to 169 hp on the 2.0-liter.

The interior design, meanwhile, showcases elements drawn from a "sensuous minimalism" concept, offering a clean, sleek and refined look.

The two Corollas look different outside thanks to unique front and rear bumper designs. The instrument cluster features a 4.2-inch trip computer as standard with an upgraded 7-inch one offered as an option. The cabin is also said to be quieter, owing to extensive use of sound-deadening materials.

We could make a joke that it takes someone like Super Street magazine to make a good Toyota Corolla, but we won't because the 2019 Corolla hatch is kinda good-looking already. 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. The bigger infotainment screen benefits from Toyota's latest Entune multimedia system, which includes Apple CarPlay compatibility and a built-in WiFi hotspot. The front MacPherson strut layout has also been totally revised for this platform, and newly-developed shock absorbers also make their way on to the auto.

It's a little easier to get used to the inside of the 2020 Toyota Corolla, which mostly follows in the footsteps of the earlier five-door variant.

In terms of safety, the new Corolla sedan will get fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense package that not only alerts in the event of potential dangers but actually aids and supports in making the drive safer. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will be standard, with a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching capability available on the SE with the 2.0-liter engine.

A complete suite of driver assistance and safety features will be up for grabs like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking.

Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start sometime around the middle of 2019.

Although there's no mention of it in the press release, a hybrid powertrain is also likely to be offered on the sedan, given it shares its underpinnings with the hatch.

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