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Toyota Corolla sedan 2019 revealed in China


Toyota has revealed a pre-production version of its next-generation Corolla sedan at the Auto Guangzhou motor show in China this week, confirming a number of variants for the overseas market including hybrid, ‘prestige’ and a sporty Levin variant.

Toyota’s local wing has not revealed exactly how it will structure its model line-up, saying only that the new Corolla is at least a year away, and that the sedan range will share many of its features and technology with the recently-launch Corolla hatch line-up.

This means that the sedan will likely borrow Toyota’s all-new 2.0-litre petrol engine which delivers 125kW and 200Nm, and the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid also available in the hatch.

It is also understood that the interior will mirror the hatch, with a sporty driving position and modern features, and both six-speed manual gearbox with auto rev-matching and Dynamic-Shift CVT transmission options.

According to Toyota, the new-generation sedan has been tuned for improved handling agility and comfort, with the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) underpinnings improving torsional rigidity by 60 per cent.

The vehicle also boasts a lower centre of gravity, and new multi-link rear suspension and revised front suspension is said to deliver a sportier driving experience.

The sedan has undergone some significant dimension adjustments over its predecessor. 

Specifically, the Japanese small car is 4640mm long (+10mm), 1750mm wide (+5mm), 1434mm high (-45), and the wheelbase remains unchanged at 2700mm.

The sedan has undergone some significant dimension adjustments over its predecessor. The sedan has undergone some significant dimension adjustments over its predecessor.

The bonnet is now 35mm lower, which Toyota says will aid in forward visibility.

It is expected that Toyota Australia will reveal more information, including local specifications and pricing, sometime in the latter half of next year.

For comparison, the Toyota Corolla hatch is priced from $22,870 plus on-road costs in entry-level Ascent Sport petrol guise, and up to $31,870 for the range-topping ZR hybrid.

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