Corolla sedan offers more bang and bucks (in your wallet)

by GERMAIN GOYER . Nov 23 2018
ToyotaToyota has revamped the 2020 Corolla sedan, which offers a choice of either a manual or continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Toyota has revamped the 2020 Corolla sedan, which offers a choice of either a manual or continuously variable automatic transmission.

No one knew exactly when the new 2020 Corolla would be unveiled or what it would look like. But after the Corolla hatchback was released earlier this year, it became clear the sedan was going to be seriously revamped.

Even though the 2020 Corolla was just unveiled at Auto Guangzhou, a select number of Canadian journalists — including us — were given the chance to see it up close during the launch of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 held in California last week. They swore us to secrecy about it, until now.

Both the sedan and its hatchback sister are part of the 12th generation of this model, which was first introduced in 1966.

Like the more recent RAV4, Camry and Corolla hatchback, the sedan is built on the TNGA platform. Its chassis is 60 per cent more rigid than the current Corolla, which is now rounding the corner on its final lap.

The same 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine found in the previous gen will be used for the 2020 Corolla L, LE and XLE. However, Toyota has promised this mill will offer more power and better fuel economy. The XSE and SE will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 169 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque.

Since Toyota still believes drivers should be able to shift gears on their own, there’s a six-speed manual transmission available in addition to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Japanese manufacturer also takes safety seriously and will be including the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system in the 2020 Corolla. It uses a sensor and camera to reduce the vehicle’s risk of hitting another car, pedestrian or cyclist.

All versions of the new Corolla will come with the Entune 3.0 app suite, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Android Auto.

This model should roll into Canada dealerships in March.

— LC Media