Toyota has just released a first teaser image of its next generation of the Corolla, no less than the best-selling car in automotive history. This has actually been fact since 1997, when the model finally overtook the people’s car, the Volkswagen Beetle. In all, since 1966, around 45 million units of the Corolla have sold around the world.
Whether you’re a fan of the little Toyota or not, respect is due it for this impressive exploit.
And its history continues to be written, of course. And this month the Corolla will get its share of fresh attention as the 12th generation of the model will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Before that, Toyota will put on the world premiere of the model later this week at the Guangzhou auto show in China.
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Last week, Toyota released a first sketch, and this week, a first teaser image.
This latest image reveals little about the new edition of the Corolla, yet there are things we can discern. The headlights are taken from the hatchback variant that debuted this past summer, which leads us to believe we won’t be seeing any revolutionary changes to the overall design of the car. The sedan should display the same overall signature as the hatchback version, as well as the wagon version that’s sold in Europe.
The interiors of those variants likely guided the design of the new Corolla sedan as well; we’ll be on familiar ground there as well.
Where we expect to see some interesting developments, is in terms of on-road performance. The new Corolla us built on the automaker’s new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, and from having tested out models with that architecture and confirmed just how much it spice it adds to the driving experience, we expect some improvements for the Corolla sedan.
It’s expected the wheelbase of the new edition is longer, meaning that the interior should be roomier for all occupants.
The new Corolla will run on a 2.0L 4-cylinder delivering 168 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The model will come with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla will get an online reveal Thursday evening around 10 pm, and if that’s a tad late, not to worry – Auto123 will be checking in on the presentation and we’ll have all the details and photos for you bright and early Friday morning!