The new 12th-generation Toyota Corolla has been revealed at the Guangzhou International Auto Show in China. See details below...
The new Toyota Corolla hatchback is eagerly anticipated in the SA market and we can't wait to get behind the wheel of this new stylish newcomer. However, for those who want a sedan version, you can now gaze upon the new Corolla sedan which has been officially revealed.
The new Corolla looks sharper and sportier and is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which underpins the Corolla hatchback and touring versions as well as the Prius and stylish C-HR crossover. The new Corolla is 4 640 mm long, 1 780 mm wide and 1435 mm tall with the wheelbase remaining unchanged at 2 700 mm. The front and rear tracks are wider, while the front overhang has been shortened and the rear overhang extended, slightly. Ride comfort has been enhanced with a multi-link rear suspension that replaces the previous torsion beam setup.
The new Corolla sedan shares styling cues with the Corolla hatchback which is due in SA next year.
As for the interior, Toyota describes it as "sensuous minimalism" combining sportiness, elegance, comfort and durability. Top-spec derivatives will receive an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, while a 7-inch system will be offered on lesser derivatives. Overseas, an optional 800-watt JBL audio system will be offered.
In terms of engines, petrol and hybrid options are on the cards. A new 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder mill pushes out a reasonable 126 kW and 205 Nm, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. The familiar 1.8-litre petrol engine will be carried over but Toyota says it will offer more power at 106 kW and better efficiency.
On the safety front, the latest driving assistance systems will be made available ranging from Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring, all of which fall under Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. A total of 8 airbags are standard.
The new Corolla will be rolled out to markets around the world in the second half of 2019 and can be expected to reach South Africa in 2020.