All-new Toyota Corolla revealed

2020 Toyota Corolla | Toyota

2020 Toyota Corolla | Toyota

The platform enables a low center of gravity and increased body rigidity and should see the new Corolla handle much better than previous generations.

At China's Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota unveiled a redesigned Corolla sedan, making the world's best-selling vehicle more connected and efficient than ever before. The forthcoming Corolla sedan could be supplied to Maruti Suzuki under their latest deal to spawn a rebadged version in the near future. The new generation Corolla series saw an overhauled hatchback and equally handsome Touring Sport wagon earlier this year and now the all-important sedan has made its public debut.

USA and Japanese markets get a sportier-looking version called Levin in some Asian markets. Front headlights are of the bi-beam LED variety, and LED rear lamps are standard across the model range, the type and style again varying by model grade, with sporty grades featuring smoked outer light lenses.

The interior was designed, "based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept" which Toyota simplifies as a simple yet sensual vision.

It certainly looks sportier and more aggressive than the old Corolla. The interiors of the auto offers a sporty driving feeling because of the lowered seat. Toyota says that the new underpinnings have also improved the car's agility. As for the central unit, this is a high-resolution eight-inch multimedia touchscreen for higher spec models, with the baseline unit a seven-inch touchscreen.

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Toyota also claims the interior offers "high sensory quality and advanced technology". Items on the list include Apple CarPlay compatibility, Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice service and Wi-Fi Connect, and Qi wireless device charging is available as an option. In the US -spec version, for instance, customers will have the option to go for an upgraded version of the old model's 1.8-litre petrol engine and an all-new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force petrol engine, also based on TNGA. 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 vehicle.

Will going hybrid give the Corolla a sales boost? A naturally aspirated 2,0-litre without the hybrid gubbins is also expected to be offered in some markets.

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 first is the so-called "Sporty" model, which will be offered in North America, China (as the "Levin"), Japan and other unspecified regions. Impressively, buyers will be able to add wheels measuring up to 18 inches in diameter.

There's no mention of a hybrid powertrain in the official launch materials for the Corolla sedan but, given they're very similar under the skin, it'll likely be offered with the hatchback's electrified powertrain down the track.

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