2019 Toyota Corolla Sedan Spied, Side Mirrors Stick Out Like Shrek’s Ears

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Having made its debut in 2013 and facelifted in 2016 for the 2017 model year, the current generation of the Toyota Corolla is the Japanese automaker’s most popular nameplate in the lineup. Available as a sedan and as a hatchback (i.e. Corolla Hatchback in Australia, Corolla iM in the U.S, Auris in Europe.), the Corolla will be refreshed from the ground up in 2018 for the 2019 model year.
We’ve first laid our eyes upon the 2019 Corolla hatchback in June, but now the shutterbugs have caught a disguised prototype of the sedan version during testing. Just like the hatchback, the first things that grab your attention are Shrek’s ears. Specifically, the way the side mirrors stick out.

Considering that the turn signals are operational, it’s very likely that the mirrors will make it into production. Then there’s the front fascia, which has an uncanny resemblance to that of the fourth-generation Prius. Instead of the round-shaped headlights fitted to this test prototype, the production version of the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan will pride itself on more modern clusters.

The side profile reveals a more masculine shoulder line, small-diameter steel wheels with five lug nuts, as well as a more generous glasshouse, especially at the C-pillar. At the rear, the exhaust tip exits at the right-hand side of the rear bumper, while the trunk lid is minutely different around the license plate when compared to the current-gen Corolla sedan in EU- and U.S.-spec forms.

Underneath the camouflaged sheet metal, the 2019 Toyota Corolla rides on the NGA-C platform, a derivative of the Toyota New Global Architecture.

In other words, the twelfth-generation Corolla will share its underpinnings with the likes of the Prius hybrid vehicle and C-HR crossover. While the sedan body style is not a candidate for hybridization, the hatchback is certain to borrow the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain from its platform brothers.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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