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2020 Toyota Corolla: Redesign Info & Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 17, 2018
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Redesign Info

The Toyota Corolla is due to be redesigned in 2019 for the 2020 model year. Unfortunately, no official details have been released as of this writing. The most significant expected change is a shift to TNGA, the automaker's modular platform that forms the basis of the latest generation Prius and Camry.

The shift to TNGA will likely bring an increase in vehicle rigidity, which could mean that the redesigned Corolla may prove to be more fun to drive than previous iterations. That has certainly been the case in the Prius, while the current Camry is shaping up to be a more dynamic car than in past years.

Styling is a complete mystery at this point. Vehicles reportedly observed testing remain heavily camouflaged. That said, Toyota has been making a big effort to convey more emotional styling to shake the image of being a company that builds reliable but boring automobiles.

Under the hood, there are no signs yet of what to expect. Brands like Honda have made a steady progression to turbocharging to offer sporty performance without sacrificing fuel economy. However, at least in the Camry, Toyota decided to retain a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and V6 engines.

The current Corolla is offered in a choice of two versions of the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Most come with one rated at 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, while the LE Eco variant uses one tuned to 140 hp and 126 lb-ft in order to achieve a 4 mpg advantage on the highway, and 2 mpg in overall driving.

Pricing & Release Date

We currently anticipate a release date sometime in the first half of 2019. Expect more detailed information to emerge closer to the on-sale date.

Official pricing is still a long way off. For reference, the current car is priced from $19,445 including destination and ranges up to $23,625.

Chief competitors include the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic.

Learn about the current Corolla on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 Corolla

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