Chances are it will inherit the Corolla Hatchback’s perky powertrain.
The all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback gave the sedate Corolla line-up a much-needed shot of adrenaline. You certainly can't call it boring. However, we’ve been left wondering when the automaker is planning to release an all-new version of its sedan sibling. The current-generation model has been around since 2014, so it’s certainly overdue a replacement since Toyota tends to replace models every four or five years. According to CarsDirect, uncovered order guides have revealed that Toyota will introduce a redesigned Corolla in early 2020.
Details are still scarce, but we can expect the next-generation Corolla to ride on Toyota’s new TNGA platform. There’s also a good chance it will inherit the same perky powertrain as the Corolla Hatchback, meaning it will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque mated to either a six-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission.
In terms of safety features, the current Corolla Sedan uses Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control as standard. Toyota’s second-generation Safety Sense package includes road sign assist and lane tracing assist as standard for the Corolla Hatchback, but it remains to be seen if this will carry over in the all-new Corolla Sedan.
Despite stiff competition from the likes of the Honda Civic and the unrelenting popularity of SUVs and crossovers, the Corolla is still a strong seller in the US, though sales were down in 2018. Last month, Toyota sold 19,130 units, down by 35.7 percent from last year. During the first nine months of 2018, Toyota sold 217,301 units of the Corolla in the US. Those are some impressive numbers considering the car’s age, so to say that the next-generation Corolla will be an important model for Toyota is an understatement.