It's finally here.
Months after the hatchback version was launched, the Toyota Corolla sedan has made its global debut. With the reveal of the sedan, the Corolla lineup is now complete as the four-door joins the hatchback and wagon.
Now in its 12th generation, the new Corolla sedan appears similar to the hatchback from the front with its unique dynamic headlights, large center intake and rounded-off hood. There are two styling variations in different continents. There's the Prestige look for China and Europe, and the Sporty look for US and Japan.
The Corolla sedan's roof line also looks more rounded than the soon to be outgoing model. Also, the rear windshield has a more rakish appearance while the windows have a concave line. Adding a bit of flair to the sedan are door-mounted side mirrors, just like the ones found in the hatchback and wagon. There are no bold, defining lines on the sides. Instead, it's subtle creases and gentle curves.
Over to the rear, the trunklid slopes downwards with the tail kicked slightly upwards for a sportier look. Tail lights meanwhile are larger than that of the current model, employing an angular, geometric design. There's a low liftover for the trunk and the bumper sees edges on the corner with a more rounded mid-section.
Inside, it is largely carried over from the hatch and wagon models. There's a large floating touchscreen at the top center of the dashboard, along with a U-shaped control panel for the air-conditioning. A large multi-information display brings the instrument cluster to the digital age, with some variants getting a full LED screen. The center console, which is also similar to the two other body styles, has a unique design which makes for a large storage compartment.
The all-new Corolla offers a host of standard safety equipment, at least in US, Europe and China. It comes with Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Anti-lock Braking System. On top of that, there are up to eight airbags for full occupant protection. Pre-Collision System (PCS) with pedestrian detection during both day and night time, and cyclists detection in daylight hours, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist, Lane Trace Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
There are a wide variety of engines available for the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, depending on the region. In Europe, there's the traditional 1.6-liter mill that makes 132 PS. There's also a 1.8-liter hybrid making 122 PS, and can deliver up to 29.4 kilometers per liter. Over in the US, there's a non-hybrid version of the 1.8-liter engine putting out 132 PS (like the 1.6-liter), plus a new 2.0-liter with 170 PS.
For now, it is yet to be known if the ASEAN market will get the Prestige (pictured in main) or the Sporty (pictured above) styling variation. Engine range is also yet to be determined for our region. That said, the 1.6-liter and the 2.0-liter are the likely candidates for ASEAN, with the hybrid being offered in select countries.