Toyota will unveil the all-new Corolla sedan next month at the Guangzhou motor show 2018. The new sedan will first go on sale in North America and China and will come to India a little later.
Like the new Corolla hatchback and Corolla Sport hatchback previewed earlier this year, the all-new Corolla sedan will be based on the company's latest TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, which is touted to be more rigid and have a lower centre of gravity than its predecessor. It is expected to sport Toyota's latest design theme, with sharp and aggressive lines giving it an upmarket look.
On the inside, the new Corolla sedan will share its basic interior bits with the Corolla hatchback.
In terms of features, the updated sedan will come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a suite of features that includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and even auto high beams. It will also feature Toyota’s data communication module that offers 24x7 connectivity services focused on safety, security, comfort and convenience based on real-time driving data. As to how much of this tech will be carried forward to the India-spec model is yet to be confirmed.
The all-new Corolla will be first shown in a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) avatar, in addition to the internal combustion engine options. With fuel prices at an all-time high, the hybrid technology on the Toyota - if it makes it to India - will certainly be a novelty offering.
As part of the recent partnership between Toyota and Maruti, the new Corolla will be built in India for Maruti as well. This will help Maruti expand its line-up and give the carmaker a premium offering that could be retailed via the Nexa sales network.