As we approach a new decade, it seems that Toyota is preparing an all-new Corolla for the year 2019 and beyond. Our spies have captured the next-generation model, albeit in hatchback form, making rounds in Europe. This is also the first time the 12th iteration is sporting its production body.
The current Corolla was first introduced in 2013 and by the time it will be replaced for the 2019 model year, it will have run seven years. With a slew of all-new competitors, perhaps it is about time Toyota's vanguard gets an all-new model. That said, the Corolla shifts to the marque's modular platform, dubbed the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA.
Being this early in its development with the production body, Toyota made sure to cover up significant styling cues of the car. On that note, we do see slim headlights and a semi-clamshell hood. Other than that, the grill is covered as this pre-production vehicle breathes through the honeycomb lower air intake. The foglights meanwhile are still likely false units. It is, however, likely that the 2019 Corolla might derive some of its looks from the Yaris Ativ with the suggestion of the slim headlights.
The sides have been well disguised too with a layer of padding on the fenders, doors and quarter panel. What is definite is its roof line and seen here is a steeply raked windshield and slightly swept rear section. Expect the sedan to adapt similar lines from the Camry with its quasi-liftback design. Also definite are its door-mounted side mirrors, a departure from the current pillar-mounted type.
As for the rear, the shape of the Corolla hatch is more rounded than the car it will eventually replace. It looks like it is already using production-spec tail lights and sees a slim, upswept design. There is also an integrated tailgate spoiler and a more flushed rear windshieild. Given that Toyota has been giving their sedans and hatchbacks a more separate identity, the sedan will more than likely gets a different tail light design.
Little is known about the powertrain options but our spies report that BMW engines might just join the range. That said, the 1.2-liter, four-cylinder turbo is a likely shoe-in and so is a 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter. Hybrid models should make their way to the European market (as the Auris) although a plug-in hybrid has not been ruled out. It is also possible that select markets will get a turbodiesel.