2020 Toyota Corolla saloon revealed with more style and safety

2020 Toyota Corolla saloon revealed with more style and safety

Yahoo - Autos·2018-11-16 16:40

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Big changes to Toyota’s small saloon.

Toyota is serious about shedding its ho-hum image, and the latest proof of this comes in the form of the 2020 Corolla saloon. Wrapped in sheet metal that mimics the style of its hatchback stablemate, the 12th-generation Corolla saloon rides on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, otherwise known as TNGA. The scalable platform already underpins Toyota products such as the Avalon, C-HR, and Camry.

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Stiff and refined, TNGA affords the new Corolla a quieter cabin relative to today’s car. Although the next-generation model continues to ride on a 2,700-mm wheelbase, the 2020 Corolla is slightly shorter and smaller than its predecessor. Track width, however, is up by 13 mm and 23 mm at the front and rear, respectively, while a multi-link rear suspension replaces the torsion beam of today’s international Corolla. Needless to say, the overall look of the 2020 Corolla is more dynamic than that of the current slab-sided saloon from international markets. 

For the UK market the Corolla saloon will most likely receive the 1.8-litre four-cylinder mild hybrid powertrain with 121 bhp that is also found in the C-HR and Prius. Pricing and trim levels for the UK market have yet to be confirmed, however, the Corolla hatchback revealed in Paris a few months ago also had a conventional 1.2-litre turbo engine and electrified 2.0-litre powertrain. The entry-level unit is good for 114 bhp followed by the bigger one with 178 bhp.

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Overall, the 2020 Corolla saloon’s cabin shares much of its styling with that of its hatchback counterpart. The dashboard features a clean and contemporary design, replete with an infotainment display that sticks out like a monolith in the desert. For the U.S. market a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display comes standard, however, a large 7.0-inch display that doubles as a digital speedometer is also available. In any case, Toyota promises improved visibility from the driver’s seat thanks to a lower window line, thinner A-pillars, and better positioned side-view mirrors.

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The 2020 Toyota Corolla saloon is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year. While we’ve yet to drive Toyota’s latest compact saloon, our experiences with the mechanically similar Corolla hatchback leaves us confident that the 2020 Corolla will expertly combine quality and refinement in a manner that’s sure to put it near the top of its class.

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