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2020 Toyota Corolla debuts with new look, more tech [Video]

by Drew Johnson

Toyota says its 12th-generation Corolla will also include a hybrid model.

Toyota has lifted the veil on its all-new 12th-generation Corolla sedan. The Corolla sedan will join the recently released Corolla hatchback in Toyota showrooms during spring 2019.

Like the Corolla hatchback, which debuted earlier this year at the New York auto show, the 2020 Corolla sedan makes the switch to Toyota's TNGA global architecture. Despite the move to a new chassis, the Corolla's wheelbase is unchanged at 106.3-inches, but the 2020 model is lower and wider than the car it replaces, which should net better overall handling. All 2020 Corollas will also use a multi-link rear suspension, which should provide a far better ride than the rear beam axle used in today's Corolla.

Styling has also been revised to reflect Toyota's current design language. The front end styling of the 2020 Corolla borrows the triple-J LED headlamps used on the Corolla hatchback, while also borrowing some design cues from the latest Camry. The rear of the car has also been upgraded with new-look taillights and a revised bumper.

For those seeking a sportier appearance, Corolla SE and XSE models offer a more aggressive look that includes an integrated chin spoiler, flared side sills, trunk lid spoiler, a new rear bumper design and single-side dual exhaust outlets.

Most 2020 Corolla models will be powered by a version of the 1.8L four-cylinder used in last year's Corolla Eco model. However, that engine has been reworked to provide more power and better efficiency.

Corolla SE and XSE models will use a larger 2.0L engine that's also shared with the Corolla hatchback. Corolla sport models will be rated at 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

Corolla L, LE and XLE models will use a conventional CVT. Corolla SE and XSE models will come equipped with Toyota's Dynamic-Shift CVT, which includes a fixed first gear. A six-speed manual transmission will also be on offer.

Toyota says it will eventually offer a hybrid version of the all-new Corolla sedan, but the company didn't provide any additional details.

The interior of the new Corolla has been updated with a new design and the latest in-vehicle tech. Save for the base L model, which uses a 7-inch touchscreen, every 2020 Corolla sedan comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system running Toyota's Entune 3.0. That system includes Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Wi-Fi connect and Siri Eyes Free.

On the safety tech front, all 2020 Corolla sedan models will ship standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. First introduced in the Corolla hatchback, the TSS 2.0 safety suite includes advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist and traffic sign recognition.

Toyota has not announced pricing or fuel economy data for the 2020 Corolla sedan, but we should learn more on those topics closer to the car's early 2019 market launch.