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New Toyota Corolla Teased Ahead of China Unveil

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  • Based on the all new TNGA platform from Toyota
  • This is the 12th generation of the Corolla globally
  • The sedan to share 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol hybrid engines with the hatchback
  • Sales to start in Europe early 2019
  • More than 45 million Corollas sold since 1966

The world's best-selling model nameplate has gotten a complete makeover. Yes, we are talking about the Corolla, which is all set to be launched in its latest avatar at the upcoming Guangzhou International Motor Show on 16 November 2018. Entering into its 12th generation, the Corolla sedan will be displayed along with its already launched hatchback and station wagon siblings in China.

Based on an all new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the all new Corolla is likely to feature both the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol hybrid engine options found on the hatchback and estate versions, but in slightly different states of tune in Europe. It is also likely to be available with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, and 2.0-litre petrol motor in some countries.

toyota corolla render

The 1.8-litre petrol hybrid mill is capable of churning out 121PS of power and this engine is paired to an E-CVT gearbox, with the top-speed limited at 180 kmph.
On the other hand, the larger 2.0-litre petrol hybrid is rated to make 180PS of power and this also comes mated with the six speed manual and CVT gearbox.
In India, the current generation is offered with 1.8-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine options. While the petrol engine makes 138PS of power, the diesel engine tops out at just 87PS.
We expect Toyota to bring both the hybrid powertrains in the new Corolla to India.

If the rendered images are anything to go by, the new Corolla is striking from all angles. A sleek low bonnet gives it a sportier profile, while the front and rear views reveal a powerful, wide stance. An imposing front grille, coupled with LED headlamps give it a modern yet familiar appeal. Thanks to the adoption of the TNGA platform Toyota expects the new Corolla to reflect its 'fun-to-drive' philosophy, with much more engaging driving dynamics.

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"The TNGA engineering and design philosophy brings a whole new dimension to our next generation C-segment models. Adding to Corolla's renowned Quality, Durability and Reliability, it delivers the more emotional values that our customers aspire to, such as a distinctive design, interior refinement, rewarding driving dynamics and powerful yet efficient hybrid powertrains," explains Dr Johan van Zyl, President andamp; CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.

corolla evolution

With more than 45 million vehicles delivered since its introduction in 1966, the Corolla has been among the most sold cars in the world. It has undergone many changes over the previous 11 generations globally, and now in its latest iteration it looks to further build upon its tremendous pedigree and reliability.
Now with the addition of all new hybrid powertrains and modern looks, it is all set to be launched in Europe early 2019. While there is no word on the India launch just yet, the new Corolla should come here soon after the global launch. We will get a much clearer idea on this, post the world premiere in China on November 16, so stay tuned for more updates.

Image source: Motor1, Toyota

By Shourya Harwani November 12, 2018 at 01:36PM

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