Toyota has unveiled the all-new, 12th generation Corolla sedan. Two version were introduced, and the unveiling was simultaneously done in China and in the USA. The new Corolla Sedan will be offered in two different flavors. The North American version carries a sportier and very aggressive design, characterized by an ultra-wide front grille, while the rest of the world will receive the Corolla that was unveiled in China.
North American Model
Underneath the skin of the new Corolla is the brand’s TNGA C platform. As a result, the new Corolla is 60% stiffer and has a 2 cm low center of gravity than before. While that may not sound like much, it pays dividends to the car’s newfound sporty handling, aided by the fact that it now uses an independent multi-link rear suspension, replacing the torsion beam rear suspension found in current Corollas. Wrapping that new and more dynamic platform is an equally new and dynamic exterior design that perfectly matches the Corolla’s newfound sportiness. The global version follows the overall design of the hatchback.
Inside, the Corolla features the same stylistic and dynamic interior design. A mix of matte and shiny finishes, combined with soft padded surfaces and contrast stitching details do help in uplifting the interior ambience of the Corolla. Like the hatchback, the Toyota Corolla features a 7-inch TFT LCD digital instrument cluster, which displays vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings. The Toyota Corolla comes well-equipped, at least for the US-market, being fitted with a single-zone climate control, electronic parking brake, three-door passive entry system, and automatic up down windows on all four doors.
Multiple powertrain options are available for the Corolla. Higher powered version will receive the same M20A-FKS 2.0 liter Dynamic-Force inline-4 engine, which features direct-injection, Dual VVT-i, and Dual VVTi-E. It utilizes a long stroke design, and a high 13:1 compression ratio. Power is sent through the front wheels via a 6-speed i-MT (intelligent manual transmission) with automatic rev matching, or a Dynamic-Shfit CVT, which has 10-speed simulated gears and a launch gear. The launch gear is meant to assist the CVT while crawling or when launching the car from a complete stop, making the Corolla accelerate and respond quicker off the line.
Additionally, the North American model also gets a 1.8-liter inline-4 VVT-i petrol engjne with 139 horsepower mated to a continuously variable transmission carried over from the old Corolla.
The North American model, comes as standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes Pre-Collision Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and new for TSS 2.0, Lane Trace Assist, which can let the car drive semi-autonomously on the expressway by tracing lane markings, and Road Sign Assist, which displays the traffic signs on the car’s 7.0-inch TFT digital instrument cluster.
Expect these new Corollas to be unveiled around 2019 for the Philippine market.