This is the second time we see a prototype of what seems to be the 2019 Toyota Corolla. Well okay, it’s not a prototype, but more a testing mule, yet it definitely belongs to Toyota’s fast-selling nameplate. Anyway, the 12th generation Corolla won’t become available before 2018, which means that the final version would largely differ from the vehicle you see right now.
In contrast to the first time when we saw the next generation Toyota Corolla on a damp track, this time the Japanese carmaker decided to go in Scandinavia and check out how the car moves on the snowy and cold weather. The first thing you mast notice are the round headlights, which are somehow interesting, but also temporary. The carmaker will definitely change it in favor of something sleeker, more aggressive, and probably LED. In addition, thanks to a new platform, the compact sedan sports not so compact footprint as today’s model. It’s basically the same Toyota’s TNGA modular architecture that underpins the latest Prius and all-new C-HR crossover. Except it’s larger, by using this platform, the 2019 Toyota Corolla will get increased rigidity and a significantly lowered center of gravity.
No one knows for sure what’s going to be under the hood of the next generation Corolla, yet we are sure it will use mostly inline-4 units. Of course, they won’t skip the chance to add a hybrid version, likely from the new Prius, and maybe something more… well more German. Yes, Toyota-BMW collaboration could be deepened by using the 1.5-liter turbo, which currently powers latest MINIs. Transmission wise, today’s 6-speed and CVT gearboxes might be replaced by new 8- and 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Stay tuned for updates.