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2020 Toyota Corolla: Redesign Info, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - November 21, 2018
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Model Preview

The world’s most popular car model is the Toyota Corolla, and for 2020 the redesigned twelfth-generation model rolls out. An all-new hatchback already arrived in 2019, therefore we’ll see a new sedan in 2020. We’ll also see a first-ever Corolla hybrid, as Toyota doubles down on its popular compact.

The all-new Corolla sedan will share design elements introduced with the Corolla hatchback. Both models ride on new architecture, which is shared with other Toyota models, including the Prius and Camry.

As for the new sedan, its sits lower and is leaner than before. The sedan’s wheelbase is unchanged at 106.3 inches, while its overall width is slightly larger.

The new sedan has a shorter frontal overhang, but is slightly longer at the rear. Up front is a bold fascia with a gaping grille. There are some variations in the look between trims, with the sport trims dressed with a body-color chin spoiler and aero stabilizing fins. An available adaptive front-lighting system is new, supplying greater range of lighting for night driving.

Other exterior features of note include LED exterior lights and standard 16-inch wheels. New for 2020 are available 18-inch wheels.

2020 Toyota Corolla

Inside, the cabin receives modern touches, including a standard 7-inch screen and an available 8-inch touchscreen. The center stack supplies a clean, yet sophisticated look. The interior is dressed in a variety of materials and has piano-black accents. The front seats sit slightly lower and rearward, giving the driver more room to maneuver. Seatback improvements will make this a more comfortable model front and back. As before, the Corolla seats five.

All Corolla models come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a suite of driver-assist active safety features. These include a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Blind spot monitoring is optional on base models, but standard on the upper trims.

The standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powers the L, XE and XLE grades. This engine generates 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The SE and XSE models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.

As for the Corolla Hybrid, we don’t have the details yet about this version. Rest assured, we expect its efficiency will approach that of the Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling model of its kind.

Pricing & Release Date

Official pricing and trim details will arrive prior to this model’s release in Spring 2019. Toyota will formally introduce the 2020 Corolla Sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November and display the vehicle for show visitors in early December.

The 2019 Corolla sedan starts at $18,700, plus an $895 destination charge. We think the cost of the 2020 Corolla will come in near to this price. We’ll have full details closer to this model’s release date.

The Corolla’s main competitors include the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte.

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Pictured: 2020 Corolla

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