The new Toyota Corolla sedan has finally been unveiled, with the Japanese automaker interestingly revealing two separate versions of its twelfth-generation sedan.
Like the hatchback, both roll on Toyota’s TNGA platform. The first is the so-called âSportsâ model, which will be offered in North America, China (as âLevinâ), Japan and other unspecified regions. The Prestige model, meanwhile, will be sold in China (under the name “Corolla”), Europe and “other regions”. It is not yet clear which one is destined for local shores.
The new Corolla sedan has increased by 10mm in length to 4,640mm and 5mm in width to 1,780mm. While the wheelbase is unchanged at 2,700mm, Toyota says the vehicle’s height (1,435mm) has been reduced by 45mm.
Although both models are the same size, they are distinguished by various design elements. Headlights, for example, are as different as grilles and hood treatments.
Toyota promises that the new platform allows its most popular nameplate to deliver a âjoyful driving experienceâ. In fact, the brand’s North American branch describes the new model as “a very nimble and engaging machine to drive.”
The sedan’s powertrain options are expected to mirror those of the sedan, which in Europe is offered with a single, conventional engine (in the form of the 1.2-liter petrol turbo that debuted in the C-HR) plus a Choice of 2.0-liter hybrid powertrains in various tuning states. A naturally aspirated 2.0-liter (125 kW / 200 Nm) without the hybrid gubbins is also expected to be offered in some markets.
The cabin has also been extensively reworked, with the American model offering a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen. The Corolla sedan will additionally come standard with a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, with a seven-inch version also being offered.
In North American markets, the new Corolla sedan will come standard with eight airbags and various other safety features. An advanced suite of integrated active and pre-collision safety features (such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beams) will also be available.