Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the 12th- generation Corolla sedan at the 2018 Guangzhou motor show ahead of its launch in international markets next year. The car is expected to go on sale after or during mid- 2019 in Japan, China and many other markets, while the India launch is likely to happen either in late 2019 or by early 2020.
The newly revealed Toyota Corolla sedan is based on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and features a more aggressive design language as seen with the new Prius and Camry. Also, the shifting to the TNGA platform has allowed Toyota to lower the centre of gravity of the new Corolla along with widening the front and rear tracks. However, the car still stands on the same wheelbase as its predecessor at 2,700 mm. Also, according to Toyota, the new underpinnings have also improved the car’s agility.
In terms of looks and design, the showcased Corolla sedan is quite similar to its hatchback and estate siblings. The sedan offers some distinct features such as a different front bumper and headlamps, while the roof line rakes to neatly merge with the boot around the C- pillar with the window line receding around the rear quarter glass. However, the sedan keeps it up to the B- pillar like its other siblings. Other than these, the automaker has also offered tail- light units exclusive to the sedan with the J- shaped units from the estate and hatchback making way for sleek and more conventional looking units. However, the US and Japanese markets will also get a sportier- looking version called Levin in some Asian markets.
The interior of the new Corolla sedan also looks the same as its hatchback and estate siblings with a dual- tone cabin featuring a clean and uncluttered dashboard with a large central touchscreen. The dashboard gets a dual tone theme while a floating touch infotainment system adorns the centre deck, atop the dashboard. Other features include a 4.2- inch display on the instrument cluster which is standard across the range and a 7- inch instrument display on the top end models with all kinds of Apple Carplay, android and Bluetooth among others. Also as a new Toyota standard, the sedan is equipped with a Data Communication Module that connects to a Controller Area Network, providing drivers with a range of connected services including an emergency reporting system.
In terms of powertrain, the new Toyota Corolla will be powered by a new 2.0- litre petrol motor that produces 171 Bhp of power and 205 Nm of torque. There will also be the old 1.8 litre engine that has been carried from the older models made available for the US market. A hybrid powertrain will be introduced in the car shortly after the launch as well. However, the powertrain options for the Indian market have not been revealed by the automaker yet. Transmission options on offer include a CVT option and a new 6- speed manual gearbox.
In India, the model is sold as the Corolla Altis and the model for the Chinese market is the one that is likely to come to the Indian market. The executive sedan will go up against all the traditional rivals in the segment including the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and the soon- to- be- launched next- gen Honda Civic. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Toyota Corolla Altis in the Indian market.