The new 2020 Toyota Corolla has once again been spotted in Michigan.
Some car companies like to get a head start on the new year. Others prefer to get a head start on the year after the new year. Toyota is one of those companies, as they’ve already begun test driving the 2020 prototype of the Corolla.
Spotted in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 2020 prototype is covered in so much vinyl that we really can’t make heads nor tails of it. It has the same general shape of the Corolla, and still has four tires, and that’s all we can gather.
The prototype doesn’t feature anything particularly noteworthy, so the expectation here is that outwardly the 2020 Corolla will look much like the current model.
What’s on the inside, however, could be an entirely different story. As announced by Toyota, all their new cars are going to be built on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) and the Corolla is not likely to be an exception. This is the same architecture that can be seen on the current Camry and C-HR models.
The current Corolla has a very economical and boring 1.8-L engine, with an even more economical hybrid engine sold overseas, and the 2020 prototype could very well keep that trend. But what would be vastly more exciting would be for Toyota to adopt the new 2.0-L engine they showcased last month when they revealed their new powertrain options.
The new Dynamic Force 2.0-L engine is said to get some incredible mileage when combined with Toyota’s new Direct Shift CVT as well as cutting emissions by as much as 18%. The larger engine would (hopefully) give a power boost to the Corolla, helping it compete with others like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3.
In the cabin, you’re likely to find a bigger touch screen, Apple CarPlay, some autonomous driving features as available options, and some safety software and a bigger camera. But we won’t know for sure until Toyota takes even a slight amount of plastic off their brand new toy.
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