Toyota launches all-new 2019 Corolla sedan based on GA-C platform

Daniel Fowler
November 18, 2018

Adding to the appeal of the new Corolla is of course a power plant for the moder age, a hybrid variant which will be offered for the first time in the United States for the sedan version.

The automaker took the wraps off the all-new Corolla - and its China-only twin, Levin - at a global premiere in Guangzhou on Friday, hours before it was put on display in California.

IT won't arrive on Australian shores until 2020, but Toyota has today revealed a next-generation Corolla sedan that transforms the model's style, driver engagement, comfort and refinement while bolstering its renowned value and reliability. The new platform dictates a multi-link independent rear suspension rather than the simpler twist-beam axle in the outgoing model, which should provide a better ride and more balanced handling. It's no surprise that the sedan and Hatchback have a lot in common.

When we last tested a Toyota Corolla, we found it slow and outdated. The vehicle now drives with a much lower and wider stance, giving the sedan an angry aesthetic that's still controlled.

Where the hatchback integrates its air intakes into one shape, the sedan has a slimmer grille flanked by two low-set air intakes. They're standard on SE and XSE trims, while the XLE gets 16-inch alloy wheels. Compared with the previous Corolla, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are all lowered to increase visibility and create a more open feel. For now, though, it's clear that this vehicle is worth a second look when we get to drive it further, on a wider variety of roads and with more information to assess.

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Will going hybrid give the Corolla a sales boost?

The new Corolla gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen (an 8.0-inch unit is optional) with Toyota's latest infotainment system, Apple CarPlay support, Amazon Alexa integration, multiple USB ports, and available in-car WiFi. In addition to using thicker insulation and better seals, the engine is said to run quieter, as well. And the driver's seating position has been moved nearly an inch lower and 1.57-inches farther rearward, adjustments said to improve both comfort and the car's weight distribution.

For the moment Toyota is withholding any and all details regarding the specifications and capacities of the Corolla Hybrid, other than confirming its arrival and issuing a single teaser image.

A six-speed manual is standard in lower-grade cars, but the engine can also be paired with a continuously-variable transmission complete with 10 artificial "gears" and a mechanical launch ratio for a smoother take-off. A naturally aspirated 2,0-litre without the hybrid gubbins is also expected to be offered in some markets.

The basic dashboard layout is familiar from the Corolla Hatchback. We'll likely have to wait until closer to the Corolla's on-sale date next year for official numbers.

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