12th-generation sedan will be unveiled in China next week and join the hatchback in US market.
You’ve probably already seen the new 2019 Corolla hatchback on the street, showing off its sharp styling in its vivid and bold “Blue Flame” paint job. Unveiled back at the 2018 New York Auto Show in March, the hatchback went on sale alongside the last generation sedan this summer. If you liked the styling but have been holding out for the sedan body style, you’re in luck. A recent teaser from Toyota shows a sedan joining the lineup alongside the hatchback and the foreign-market station wagon.
Even better news is that the model’s official review is just a few days away, with Toyota announcing that the Corolla sedan will show its face at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which opens on November 16. Toyota will most likely only show the Chinese-market version, but it will nonetheless provide a solid idea of what the Corolla sedan will look like when it arrives on our shores not long after.
With the 12th-generation design already visible on the hatchback and wagon body styles, the only real question mark is the Corolla sedan’s rear design, and how the new design will be interpreted on a more traditional sedan trunk.
While the Chinese version will most likely get its own market-specific powertrain and specifications, looking to the US-market hatchback should provide us with an accurate picture of what to expect in the sedan. Toyota’s newly developed 2.0-liter inline-four will likely provide the power, and should be linked to a six-speed manual with the option of a continuously variable transmission. The powerplant churns out 168 hp at 6,600 rpm and 155 lb-ft of torque from 4,800 rpm.
Production of the US model is expect to take place at Toyota’s Blue Springs, Mississippi factory, into which Toyota recently invested $170 million, and its predicted to create around 400 new jobs. Production may also take place at a new factory that Toyota is building in conjunction with Mazda in Alabama, which is expected to be operational in 2021. Look for the Corolla sedan’s debut next week and an official North American debut not long after.