In the event you lose sleep this weekend, we’ll know why. Toyota plans to debut its subsequent-era Corolla sedan on the Guangzhou Worldwide Vehicle Exhibition on November sixteenth, finishing a product revamp that started with this yr’s introduction of the Corolla Hatch (previously Corolla iM, previously Scion iM).
It’s anticipated the sedan, now swapped to the TNGA platform, will seem with a well-known face and upgraded mechanicals borrowed from its 5-door sibling. With compact automobiles on the decline, Toyota wants its getting older Corolla gone in order to higher compete with the Honda Civic. Each fashions, nevertheless, are alike in a method: they’re falling out of favor with shoppers.
The 2020 Corolla gained’t be alone when it launches subsequent week. A gussied-up model, the Levin, may also seem, constructed to tempt discerning Chinese language close to-luxurious consumers. Judging by different Corolla variants not discovered on this continent, the brand new sedan’s entrance finish ought to intently mirror that of the Hatch (see above).
Regardless of promoting in big numbers, the present-gen Corolla by no means wowed with its energy ranges, nor have been the entrance seats able to not inflicting ache in this author’s lumbar area. If the identical seats from the Hatch make their means into the brand new sedan, you’ll be simply fantastic. They’re snug chairs. Energy shouldn’t be a lot of a problem anymore, both, because the Hatch debuted with a 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder boasting 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Whether or not or not we’ll see a transmission carryover is debatable. The hatch mannequin carries a Dynamic-Shift CVT with a bodily launch gear to get issues shifting; after that, it’s a standard constantly variable expertise. Whereas the hatch additionally comes with a six-velocity guide, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the brand new Corolla sedan dispense with this fading piece of know-how.
Due to the brand new platform, anticipate the 2020 mannequin to develop barely in size, with extra cabin quantity and rear-seat kneeroom a given.
Corolla sedan gross sales fell eleven.9 % in October, yr over yr, and quantity over the primary 10 months of 2018 present a quantity lack of 12.7 %. With its primary rival, the Civic, sells in higher numbers, it’s additionally on a downward trajectory. Civic quantity by way of October is almost that of final yr’s Corolla sedan quantity over the identical interval. American consumers noticed match to give the Civic a 26 % gross sales decline in October, with yr-to-date quantity down eleven.eight %.
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