The 12th generation Toyota Corolla made its arrival in two chapters: the hatchback which arrived earlier this year and now, the much more alluring sedan form. Both are based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is more than a new body structure, featuring new safety equipment and more efficiency.
The new Corolla sedan rides on a longer wheelbase than before. The front and rear tracks are also slightly wider. The front overhang has been shortened whereas the rear overhang has been extended by more than half an inch.
The height has come down a bit meanwhile the hood, too, is lowered for better forward visibility, made possible by mounting the engine lower. These changes help reduce the center of gravity.
The bold front fascia details vary by model grade, with the SE and XSE putting on the sportiest face, including a body-color chin spoiler and aero fins to emphasize the wide stance. The slim, j-shaped LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders.
The sporty SE and XSE trims use triple j-shaped clearance lamps with LED light guides along with LED turn signals for improved look at night.
Inside, the center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls and navigation. It flows into a wider console, with a wide armrest which is longer than in the previous model, for greater comfort.
Under the hood, there’s the 1.8-litre engine (2ZR-FAE) found in the current generation car but with more horsepower and better fuel efficiency. There will also be a new 2-litre Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS).
Hybrid models will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with a high number of safety features with specifications refined for each market.