The debut of the 13th-gen Toyota Corolla is still far into the future, but a couple of renderings give us an early preview of the hybrid sedan.
The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world with over 50 million units sold since 1966. Therefore, every new generation is a crucial step for the Japanese automaker. While the current 12th-gen model still has some life ahead of it after a recent update, independent digital artist Theottle tried to envision its replacement, which could be presented withing the next two years, given Toyota’s 5 to 6 year product life.
The designer opted for the four-door sedan bodystyle instead of the five-door hatchback, which gave him more material to work on in terms of Toyota’s latest styling language. More specifically he combined parts from the Crown SUV concept and the production-spec Crown Crossover, applying them to the more compact body of the Corolla.
The imaginary 13th-gen Toyota Corolla sedan looks more premium than the current model thanks to the sleeker surfacing, stretched wheelbase, a more steeply raked windshield, and full-width lighting units. The silhouette is more aerodynamic but not as much as in the new Toyota Prius, allowing a clear differentiation between the volumes.
The front end looks similar to Toyota’s bZ models but the large intakes hint at the presence of a combustion engine under the bonnet. Speaking of the powertrain, while we don’t have any information about the next Corolla and it’s too early to talk about technical specifications, chances are that Toyota will retain the hybrid option for another generation, benefiting from the latest advancements in the efficiency department. Back to the renderings, the tail is also an improvement compared to the current model – at least in our eyes – thanks to the slimmer LED lights and the more dynamic lines.
Toyota currently offers a different design for the Corolla sedan depending on the market, with the EU-spec model looking more restrained than their North American sedan, which is more similar to the hatchback. The 12th-gen Toyota Corolla was originally introduced in 2018 and was facelifted in 2022, meaning we won’t be seeing a new one before the end of next year.