2020 Toyota Corolla Preview

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2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is the 12th generation of one of the world’s best-selling vehicles.

Unveiled back in November, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is complete redesigned from the wheels up and enters a crowded segment that includes the best-selling Honda Civic and a refreshed Hyundai Elantra. Add the Corolla to the mix and you have three of the 10 most popular vehicles year and year out in Canada. In other words, the 2020 Corolla is a big deal. As we set out to drive the new Corolla this week, we take a look at what we can expect.

2020 Toyota Corolla Engine Lineup

The new Corolla gets a bit more power than the outgoing generation. A base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 139 horsepower gets 7 more ponies compared to the previous Corolla. It’s available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available in the sportier SE models with 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Both engines seem quite fuel-efficient on paper with an average fuel consumption rating of 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers for the entry-level engine and 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers for the 2.0-liter engine.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is built on Toyota’s TNGA platform. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because every new Toyota model introduced in recent years from the Camry to the RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle is built on the TNGA platform. Traits of the platform include a sportier drive, more agility, and improved comfort according to Toyota. We’ve seen and confirmed these characteristics at work in new Toyota models, and we expect we’ll find a sharper Toyota Corolla this week.

2020 Toyota Corolla interior
2020 Toyota Corolla Interior | Photo: Toyota Canada
2020 Toyota Corolla First Look
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota

More Safety and Improved Connectivity

The interior has been completely redesigned with a sleeker, cleaner design. As is the case with all new Toyota models, the redesigned Corolla comes with the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 driver assistance technology including pre-collision system, lane departure alert and prevention, lane tracing assist, automatic high beam and dynamic radar cruise control.

Infotainment is a standard Entune 3.0 system integrated into an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, but no Android Auto. An upgrade Entune 3.0 Premium system includes Safety Connect which can notify emergency response services in the event of an accident.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla has more features and more efficient powertrains, but space appears to have remained the same on paper. The wheelbase is the same at 2,700 mm and although the new model is wider with a shorter front overhangs, none of the size changes appear to make the Corolla more spacious both inside and in the trunk. We’ll surely learn more over the next few days and hope to find a more practical 2020 Corolla.

We will report back very soon on the new 2020 Toyota Corolla.

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota
2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota Canada
2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla | Photo: Toyota

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