Toyota has just lifted the covers off the all-new twelfth-generation Corolla sedan at the ongoing 2018 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.
For the Chinese market, Toyota and its partners, Tianjian FAW Toyota Motor and GAC Toyota Motor will be selling two versions of the new sedan concurrently – Corolla will be sold by FAW Toyota while Levin will be sold by GAC Toyota.
The company will be introducing the all-new Corolla sedan to more than 150 countries globally, which includes the Sporty model (sold in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries) and the Prestige model (sold in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries).
Depending on the market it is sold in, the all-new Corolla sedan can be had with a range of engines, including a new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine. Some markets including North America will also receive the previous generation’s 1.8-litre 2ZR-FAE engines on selected variants of the all-new Corolla sedan.
Toyota will also be offering hybrid variants of the all-new Corolla sedan, which will go on sale in more than 90 countries globally.
Similar to the Corolla Sport and Corolla Touring Sports, the all-new Corolla is built on the GA-C platform, with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink rear set up, replacing the previous generation’s rear torsion beam configuration.
In terms of dimensions, the all-new Corolla sedan comes in with a length of 4,640 mm, width of 1,780 mm, height of 1,435 mm, and a 2,700 mm wheelbase. These numbers are specific to the show cars currently on display at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.
Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of development said, "We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in, and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but "connectivity" functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world. I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota's "making ever-better cars" philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota's car-making has changed significantly."
Similar to the Japan market Corolla Sport, the China market Corolla sedan will also come, as standard, with the built-in Data Communication Module (DCM), a core component of Toyota Connected.
Sales of the all-new Corolla sedan is expected to start in North America and Europe in spring 2019. Toyota is also expected to commence the sales of both the Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. As for Japan, Toyota will start selling the sedan and wagon models within 2019.