12-gen Toyota Corolla sedan unveiled


Until the hybrid is revealed, Toyota confirmed the internal combustion engines the Corolla will be offered with.

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

Whether the vehicle offered in Australia will have the nose pictured here, or whether it'll get a face adapted from the hatchback, remains to be seen.

Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model's global appeal.

The last vestiges of the Scion brand are leaving us: Toyota has replaced the 2018 Corolla iM with the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and the Yaris iA can not be far behind.

In North American markets, the new Corolla sedan will come standard with eight airbags and various other safety features. Aside from the lowered ride height, the engine is also mounted lower, resulting in the bonnet height being reduced by 3.5 cm to improve forward visibility.

The new vehicle is also quieter, the reduction in NVH achieved through increased use of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams and silencers.

Adding to the appeal of the new Corolla is of course a power plant for the moder age, a hybrid variant which will be offered for the first time in the United States for the sedan version.

Inside, the Corolla's new dashboard falls in line with the larger Camry and features either 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreens for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility. For the U.S. market, the new Corolla carries forward the 1.8-litre petrol engine offered in its predecessor, though with a change in tuning. 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 new Corolla will be offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 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.

There's also a host of electronic driver aids including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.

The auto comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense features, which include active safety systems like lane departure assist with active steering, collision avoidance and mitigation, road sign recognition and radar guided cruise control among others.

The initial line up will present the vehicle in Sporty and Prestige forms. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, sales of the new sedan and wagon models has also been slated for sometime within 2019.