According to recent rumors, the next-generation Corolla could arrive sooner than we thought. Some sources suggest that it could go on sale as a 2018 model. The current iteration of Toyota’s most popular nameplate has been around since 2013. Judging by the recently spied test mule, the twelfth-generation Corolla is still in early stages of development. However, we know for sure that the 2018 Toyota Corolla is due to adopt the company’s TNGA platform. On top of that, the most recent speculations hint that it could even adopt some of BMW’s engines. Just like the ongoing version, the upcoming Corolla will be available in both sedan and hatchback variants.
2018 Toyota Corolla Redesign
As mentioned, the all-new Corolla will ride on the NGA-C version of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. The same modular platform will underpin the next-gen Auris as well as the U.S.-spec Camry. The new architecture will give the Corolla a lower center of gravity resulting in more precise and responsive handling. As for the exterior styling, the spied test mule doesn’t reveal too much info. Despite the heavy camouflage, we have been able to discern the front end’s resemblance to that of the new Prius. The 2018 Toyota Corolla will also feature a more masculine shoulder line as well as a larger glasshouse. The rear end of the prototype features a reshaped trunk lid and an exhaust tip at the right-hand side. When it comes to the interior design, we expect more detailed reports to surface in the coming months.
2018 Corolla Engine Range
Rumor has it that the 2018 Toyota Corolla could very well borrow some of its powertrains from BMW. Unfortunately, official statements on that matter are still unavailable. However, we expect the German automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to find its place under the Corolla’s hood. The rest of the engine lineup is likely to consist of Toyota’s gasoline-powered 1.2-liter, 1.5-liter, and 1.8-liter four-cylinders. The next-generation model should also use a gas-electric drivetrain comprising a 1.5-liter inline-4 and an electric motor.
The 2018 Corolla redesign will be an extremely important move for the Japanese carmaker. This highly popular model will be facing an even stiffer competition in the near future. According to reliable reports, the 2018 Toyota Corolla will be produced at several facilities globally. Of course, we’ll be watching closely for any updates on this story.