Toyota Corolla Sedan [EU] 2019
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Toyota Corolla Sedan [EU]
The new 12th generation Toyota Corolla model range will compete strongly in the European C-segment.
Firstly, its newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform not only equips it with superior driving dynamics and enhanced safety levels, but has also provided Toyota's designers with the freedom to give each body type a visually distinctive and individual look.
The all-new Corolla model line-up showcases the wide, low stance of a more dynamic design which differentiates between the sporting, compact Hatchback, the sleek, versatile Touring Sports and the refined, prestigious Sedan more strongly than ever before.
Secondly, the new Toyota Corolla model range further expands the brand's hybrid line-up. The Hatchback and Touring Sports are the first models to offer a choice of two self-charging hybrid powertrains - an improved 1.8 litre with 122 DIN hp or a brand new 2.0 litre unit developing 180 DIN hp - marking the debut of Toyota's dual hybrid strategy. And for the first time, the Sedan is available with the 1.8 litre self-charging hybrid powertrain.
Reflecting the brand's continued focus on self-charging hybrid technology, all new Corolla models will offer customers just one conventional engine; a 114 DIN hp, 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit for Hatchback and Touring Sports models and a 132 DIN hp, 1.6 litre for the Sedan.
All new TNGA-based vehicles prioritise the highest active and passive safety standards. The new Corolla line-up is designed to meet the exacting standards of independent crash testing programmes and provide increased active safety levels through the sophisticated functions and systems of the latest Toyota Safety Sense technology.
Targeting the heart of the European C-segment, the new Hatchback, Touring Sports and Sedan are dynamic and stylish cars which meet all the requirements of both the daily commute and diverse weekend usage, whilst combining driving enjoyment in all road conditions with the peace of mind and low running costs unique to Toyota's self-charging hybrid drive technology.
The TNGA GA-C platform brings considerable dynamic benefits to the new Toyota Corolla model range, as well as marked improvements to driver ergonomics and visibility.
The GA-C platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a centre of gravity that is lowered by 10 mm, a multi-link rear suspension fitted as standard across the model range, and a 60% more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas.
All contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort, as well as reducing high frequency vibration for an increased feeling of quality.
Highly Rigid, Lightweight Bodyshell
Aluminium, high tensile strength steel and hot stamped materials have been extensively used, and the panel thickness of the doors and roof panel reduced. This has effected a considerable weight reduction for the body in white and, hence, helps improve overall fuel efficiency.
At the same time, the addition of adhesives throughout the new bodyshell, an increase in the use of spot welding, and the use of fully closed cross-sections and structural rings combine to increase body rigidity by some 60% over the outgoing models, promoting a marked increase in handling agility, responsiveness to steering inputs and high speed stability.
Handling and agility are further improved by the lower mounting height of the engine, the lower hip point of the seats and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats. In combination, these measures have lowered the new Corolla's centre of gravity by some 10 mm.
The new Corolla range features a proven MacPherson strut front suspension system, an all-new multi-link rear suspension arrangement, new shock absorber valve technology and, for the first time, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) on Hatchback and Touring Sports variants.
The front suspension geometry has been revised, with newly developed shock absorbers, and coil spring characteristics optimised for a linear steering response during mid- to high-speed cornering.
The bound stopper characteristics, bound stopper clearance and stabiliser location have also been optimised to enhance steering feel. And the strut bearing rotation axis has been realigned from the shock absorber to the king pin axis (steering axis), reducing steering force differences between left and right sides and further improving steering feel.
The suspension arm and bush structures have been changed and the friction of sliding parts reduced to achieve quicker shock absorber response and minimise the transmission of shocks from rough surfaces and achieve high quality ride comfort.
The newly developed multi-link rear suspension features compact packaging and exclusively designed coil springs, which offer both handling stability and ride comfort