Looking similar to what the Chinese are getting, the Europeans have the luxury of opting for a hybrid version of the sedan. The Corolla will be getting the similar 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain found in the Prius, with total output standing at 120bhp. The car will be able to achieve 23.4km/L on the WLTP test cycle.
Buyers who don't want the hybrid variant can opt for the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol four that is being used in the current generation. Still paired to a CVT transmission, the 130bhp sedan will be able to do 16.3km/L on the WTLP cycle.
Elsewhere, the new car sits on a new TNGA GA-C platform that results in a lower center of gravity plus a 60% increase in body rigidity. Combined with a standard multi-link suspension on all models, Toyota says the new car handles better than before.
Like most new cars, the Corolla will come loaded with many safety tech like a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian and cyclists detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Road Sign Assist, and Automatic High Beam. It will also have a Lane Trace Assist which will help steer the car within its lane.
Inside the car will also have features like wireless phone charging, an 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, 7-inch digital instrument panel, and 10-inch head-up display.
Based on history, it is unlikely Singaporeans will get the European-built Corolla seen here. However, this news serves as a good preview of what the next Corolla Altis will look like when it arrives on our sunny island.