The launch of the new Toyota Corolla has now been confirmed and the launch is likely to happen after the BSVI norms come into play officially. The date for BSVI norms to kick in is set for 1st of April, 2020. This means that the new Corolla would be here by the same time.
Now, in its 12th generation, the new Toyota Corolla gets a new design which makes it much more attractive than the car its precedes. It was unveiled a few months back internationally. However, the Indian spec version will be a bit different than the international model.
Speaking to Autocar India, N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said,
Looking at the technology, the new Toyota Corolla will get to come to India more with the time lines based on Bharat Stage Six and other things.” The new Toyota Corolla will take on the likes of the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra – and of course a range of SUVs in the similar price point.
Talking of the next generation Corolla, it will be longer (by 20 mm) and wider (by 5 mm) than the outgoing model. However, at 2700 mm, the wheelbase of the car has not changed and is the same. It is based on the TNGA platform by Toyota.
The exterior design is much more radical now and features a host of cuts and creases which makes it more attractive. The front fascia is much more aggressive now with scythe shaped headlamps and a large airdam grille taking most of the space up front. The interiors also are all new and will come loaded to brim with features.
Internationally, the Corolla is available with both petrol engine and petrol-hybrid engine. It is not yet confirmed if Toyota will bring both the engine options to India or will just make do with the hybrid option. The 1.8-litre VVT-I petrol hybrid engine generates a maximum of 98 Bhp power along with an electric motor that generates a maximum of 71 Bhp power.
The effective output is expected to be around 130 Bhp. The hybrid system would ensure exceptional fuel economy. The conventional 1.8-litre petrol engine, on the other hand, puts out a good 138 Bhp of power along with 173 Nm of torque.
Also, Maruti Suzuki will develop their own sedan based on the new Corolla after it gets launched. This new Corolla based sedan will be Maruti’s flagship vehicle in India. Toyota and Maruti Suzuki have agreed to share platforms in India and this will result into a Toyota branded Vitara Brezza soon.
As for the new Toyota Corolla, it will rival the upcoming new Honda Civic and the new Hyundai Elantra upon its launch. Globally, the Corolla is one of the best selling cars and expect the new generation model to continue the success run for the company.