Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Toyota launches all-new 2019 Corolla sedan based on GA-C platform

Toyota launches all-new 2019 Corolla sedan based on GA-C platform

Following the reveal of a redesigned Corolla Hatchback at the start of the year, Toyota has now followed up with the reveal of a redesigned Corolla sedan. As for India, we can expect the new generation Corolla sedan to make its way by the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

Wrapped in sheet metal that mimics the style of its hatchback stablemate, the 12th-generation Corolla sedan rides on Toyota's New Global Architecture, otherwise known as TNGA.

The new Toyota Corolla Sedan offers a combined 90kW of power from a four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motor-generators, for claimed fuel use figures of just 4.2L/100km.

The sedan's exterior design is based along "shooting robust" lines, which the automaker says presents a sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than its predecessor.

Needless to say, the overall look of the 2020 Corolla is more dynamic than that of the current slab-sided sedan. A 4.2-inch screen is standard in the instrument cluster but a 7.0-inch screen is offered as an alternative.

The new vehicle is also quieter, the reduction in NVH achieved through increased use of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams and silencers. The base L model has a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, but all other trims get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is not on the menu, unfortunately).

Handling and ride quality are improved over the old version thanks to completely revised front, and new multi-link rear suspension, while a lower beltline, slimmer A-pillars and a lower bonnet improve driver visibility. 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.

The new Corolla sedan is still more than 12 months from arriving in Australia. A naturally aspirated 2,0-litre without the hybrid gubbins is also expected to be offered in some markets.

In terms of safety, the new Corolla sedan will get fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense package that not only alerts in the event of potential dangers but actually aids and supports in making the drive safer. The four-pot pairs with Toyota's latest continuously variable transmission (CVT), which uses a fixed first gear for starting off and can simulate a 10-speed manual transmission in Sport mode.

A complete suite of driver assistance and safety features will be up for grabs like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. The new model is based on Toyota's TNGA platform and will eventually be sold in the markets globally including North America, China, Japan and some European nations. Impressively, buyers will be able to add wheels measuring up to 18 inches in diameter.

Although there's no mention of it in the press release, a hybrid powertrain is also likely to be offered on the sedan, given it shares its underpinnings with the hatch.

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