We’ve seen renders of the Toyota Corolla sedan for long enough, and our spy photographers have provided us with the first images of the four-door since the beginning of the year. This time, the prototypes sport far less camouflage than before, giving us a much better idea of what the new car will look like.

Despite the swirly disguise attempting to throw us off, the front end design – which appears to have been lifted straight off the Auris/Corolla Hatchback – is clear to see. There’s the same L-shaped full-LED headlights, slim upper grille and massive trapezoidal lower grille as the hatchback, lending credibility to rumours of the sedan being closer in identity to the five-door than ever before.

Along the side, you’ll spot the more prominent shoulder as well as a new front quarter window at the base of the A-pillars. This coincides with the relocated door mirrors, which now sit atop the door panels. At the rear are wraparound tail lights joined together by what will likely be a chrome trim piece.

Inside, the Corolla is expected to carry over the Auris’ C-HR-inspired layered dashboard design, with a floating infotainment system, a wider and longer centre console and ample use of matte silver and piano black accents. Under the skin, the Corolla will almost certainly ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that is designed to offer a lower centre of gravity than before.

The Auris comes in 1.2 litre turbo petrol, 1.8 litre hybrid and 2.0 litre hybrid variants, while the Corolla Hatchback is offered with just a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force engine and a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new Direct Shift CVT with a launch gear. Expect the Corolla to feature at least one of these powertrain options, although carryover 1.8 litre and 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i engines are not out of the question.


GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Hatchback (US-spec)