The covers have finally come off the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Sedan at the Auto Guangzhou in China, like the recently launched hatch, the sedan promises to bring significantly improved style, driver engagement and refinement.
Before any potential buyers get overexcited, the sedan is "more than a year" away from gracing Australian roads.
The TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform from the hatch, Camry and C-HR also underpins the sedan which provides a 60 per cent improvement in torsional rigidity.
This is complemented by a lower centre of gravity, new multi-link rear suspension and revised suspension at the front.
Overall the height of the new Corolla Sedan has been reduced by 20mm though it still rides on a 2700mm wheelbase.
As with the hatch, the sedan also gets an upscale interior with a sporty edge. The driver’s hip point has been lowered and moved rearward meaning a comfortable position should be easier to find whilst the centre of gravity and weight distribution is improved.
Other changes include a reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer instrument panel, slimmer A-pillars and repositioned side mirrors.
Curiously, Toyota is yet to confirm a hybrid powertrain option for the Corolla Sedan, however, the brand’s hybrid push is likely to extend to all Corolla derivatives.
The all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is a certain stater, it produces 125kW of power (up 21 per cent on the predecessor) and 200Nm of torque.
A new six-speed manual gearbox is available with the option of a new CVT with 10 ratios including a special launch gear for a smoother take-off.
Like the five-star ANCAP-rated hatch, the sedan will be stocked with safety kit including autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, lane trace assist, road-sign assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.
Local specifications and pricing are expected closer to the Australian launch which is "more than a year" away. Stay tuned!
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