New India-Bound Toyota Corolla unveiled — To Rival The Skoda Octavia

Toyota has unveiled their latest-generation Corolla sedan at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show, China. The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla will launch in the international market sometime early next year.

The new Toyota Corolla sedan now comes under the brand's TGNA platform. The Corolla will feature a wider front and rear tracks while also lowering its centre of gravity. The wheelbase on the 2019 Toyota Corolla, however, remains the same at 2,700mm.

New Toyota Corolla Unveiled; India-Launch Expected Next Year

The new Toyota Corolla comes with a more aggressively design language. The sedan features a new front bumper, along with sleeker headlamps.

The side profile of the Corolla sedan comes with a B-pillar similar to the ones seen on the hatchback sibling. The roofline merges cleanly with the C-pillar.

The rear tail lamps on the Corolla sedan come with a sleek conventional design, rather than the J-shaped lights seen on the hatchback version.

New Toyota Corolla Unveiled; India-Launch Expected Next Year

Inside, the 2019 Corolla offers a dual-tone cabin with a host of features, including a large touchscreen infotainment system. Standard features expected on the new Toyota Corolla: dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure assists, active steering, road sign recognition system and a number of collision avoidance assists.

New Toyota Corolla Unveiled; India-Launch Expected Next Year

Toyota has also introduced a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, said to produce 171bhp and 205Nm of torque. It will come mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. A hybrid powertrain is also set to be introduced in various international market, at a later stage.

New Toyota Corolla Unveiled; India-Launch Expected Next Year

Apart from the Toyota Corolla, the brand also introduced a new sportier-version of the sedan, called the Levin. The Toyota Levin will be aimed for markets such as the US, Japan and certain other Asian countries.

The model showcased at the Chinese event, will be the same one to come to India. The new model showcased will be sold in India as the ‘New Corolla Altis'.

New Toyota Corolla Unveiled; India-Launch Expected Next Year

Thoughts On The 2019 Toyota Corolla

The 2019 Toyota Corolla comes with a host of updates, both in terms of styling and features. The sedanwill be launched in India sometime next year and rival the likes ofthe Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and the upcoming Honda Civic.

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Article Published On: Monday, November 19, 2018, 10:41 [IST]
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