Being one of the best known names in the Japanese automaker’s history, Toyota Corolla is one that spans eleven generations. Now, it seems that the development of the next-gen Corolla is well and truly underway as it has been spotted testing at Ann Arbor Michigan, the place where the Japanese carmaker has one of its main facilities in America. The spied test mule is a 2020 model and will debut in concept form by the end of 2019.
Toyota has put in a lot of effort to make sure that the prototype is covered in cladding to conceal styling details, but as per the pictures of the test mule, this next-gen Corolla will have the same dimensions, but will be spacious inside due to the benefits of the new platform. The next generation Corolla will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform that will also underpin the future models of the Camry, Tundra and quite possibly even the next generation Innova. The Toyota New Global Architecture, which is used for the C-HR, Prius and Camry will serve both the new Auris and Corolla
There is evidence that the Corolla is likely to retain its two-tier front fascia, though milder in appearance in comparison to its larger sedan sibling. The new Corolla is also expected to get a significant update in terms of both interiors and exteriors.
As per the side view, the new Toyota Corolla doesn’t seem to stray much in terms of size or shape, though the mirrors are evident to have been moved further down. The familiar downward-sloping rear end has been retained and those cut-outs in the camouflage around the taillights indicate a wraparound design.
The interiors of the next-gen Corolla are a mystery for now, but the upcoming 2019 Auris might explain of what to expect. There are spy shots of a near production-ready Auris test mule present from before, which shows a heavily-featured cabin where only some elements are clear. These features include new interface for the climate control system, a smaller gear lever, along with an overhauled dash and new steering wheel design which looks like a free-standing infotainment screen. The presence of an electronic parking brake in the new Auris also explains a redesign of the center console and an attached arm rest.
The Auris is the hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla which is soild in North America as the Scion iM before Scion’s demise. The Scion iM’s cabin at the time is identical to the Corolla’s, and if the same approach is replicated by Toyota with the next-gen of the Auris and Corolla, this could be the first look of the Corolla’s all-new interior.
The powertrain options for Corolla should include a 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with the probability of a hybrid engine in the future. The current Corolla offers a 2ZR-FE (132 hp/174 Nm) and a Valvematic-equipped 2ZR-FAE (140 hp/171 Nm) of which the latter was used for the Scion iM back then. There can be a swap to a conventional automatic transmission from a CVT, like with the recently launched Camry .
This Corolla will be seen in India possibly by mid-2020 and will be offered here via the local assembly route.