Toyota recently rolled out the new Corolla Hatchback, but its sedan counterpart is still essentially the same model that came out in 2014. That makes it about due for replacement, and according to the latest, that’s just what the Japanese industrial giant has in store.
According to CarsDirect, Toyota will introduce an all-new Corolla sedan for the 2020 model year. And when it does, we can expect it to closely mirror the specs of the new hatch, but with a conventional trunk still heavily favored in the US market especially.
Though competitors like the Honda Civic and Kia Forte are fresher metal, the Corolla sedan remains a hot seller. One of Toyota’s top models, in fact: last month alone in the United States, it sold nearly 20,000 of them. That puts it just behind the Camry (of which Toyota sold over 27,000 in America last month) and way ahead of every other passenger car Toyota offers. Even the popular Highlander crossover and Tundra pickup barely sold in greater numbers than the Corolla sedan, with only the RAV4 overshadowing with over 37,000 sold in September.
That’s particularly impressive considering the Corolla’s relative age, but in previous years it sold even more. Last year Toyota sold over 308,000 Corollas (including sedans and hatchbacks), down from 360k the year before and a high-water mark of over 387k in 2006 (when the tenth-generation model was introduced). The Japanese automaker will surely want to revisit those numbers with the introduction of the next iteration, even as crossovers increasingly take the place of passenger sedans among the highest-volume vehicles in the US market.