The world’s best-selling model nameplate has gotten a complete makeover. Yes, we are talking about the Toyota Corolla, which is all set to be launched in its latest avatar at the upcoming Guangzhou International Motor Show on 16 November, 2018. The 12th generation of the Corolla sedan will be displayed alongside the already-launched hatchback and station wagon siblings in China. Based on Toyota’s all new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the all-new Corolla is likely to be offered with a choice of 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol hybrid engines found on the hatchback and estate versions, but in slightly different states of tune for the European market. It is also likely to be available with a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol motor in some countries.
The 1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine is capable of churning out 121PS of power and is paired to an E-CVT gearbox, with the top-speed limited at 180 kmph. On the other hand, the larger 2.0-litre petrol hybrid is rated at 180PS of power and can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. In India, the current generation Corolla Altis is offered with a 1.8-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. While the petrol engine makes 138PS of power, the diesel engine tops out at just 87PS. We expect Toyota to bring both the hybrid powertrains in the new Corolla to India soon. If the rendered images are anything to go by, the new Corolla is striking from all angles. A sleek and low bonnet gives it a sportier profile, while the front and rear views reveal a powerful, wide stance. An imposing front grille coupled with LED headlamps give it a modern yet familiar appeal. Thanks to the adoption of the TNGA platform, Toyota expects the new Corolla to reflect its ‘fun-to-drive’ philosophy, with much more engaging driving dynamics.
Image source: Motor1, Toyota
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