The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Shows Its New Face Before This Thursday’s Reveal [News]

The new Corolla sedan won't look too different to the hatchback, as it does now

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan teaser
[Photo: Toyota]

It seems the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan and the upcoming hatchback won’t look like distant cousins.

If you’re currently in the market for a Toyota Corolla, odds are you’ve remarked how the sedan and hatchback look fairly different. Now, after years of looking more like cousins than out-and-out direct stablemates, the 2020 Toyota Corolla will look more like the hatchback model. At least, if this teaser gives any indication.

While the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback already made its debut, the sedan soldiered on without any changes. Now, while both cars were based on Toyota’s New MC platform before, it will be more apparent here. The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will be revealed later this week. Apart from this teaser photo, the company is mum on providing more details.

However, given what we know about the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, we can make quite a few inferences. It stands to reason that, if Toyota is bringing the Corolla sedan and hatchback together on looks, they’ll carry the same powertrains as well. Right now, the hatchback is available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that manages 168 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. Toyota mates that unit up to either a six-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The current sedan is only available with a CVT, so it remains to be seen whether the row-your-own option will actually carry over.

New infotainment, safety tech

Apart from the looks and engine, the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will likely make use of the Entune 3.0 infotainment system also on offer in the hatchback. Finally for Apple enthusiasts, the new system does support Apple CarPlay. What’s more, you can also upgrade the stereo to an 800-watt JBL system, but Android Auto is conspicuously absent from the available options.

On the safety front, the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan should roll out with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 technology. That’s also available in the Corolla Hatchback and the new Avalon. Features include Lane Tracing Assist as well as Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Highbeams, and an upgrade Automatic Pre-Collision system with pedestrian detection.

The Corolla Hatchback kicks off around $19,990 for an SE model. We’d expect the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan to ring in a bit cheaper, but it should be around the same price as the hatchback. Stay tuned for more updates this Thursday, November 15!