The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla sedan will be making its debut later this year, according to Auto Esporte, following the debut of the Corolla hatchback earlier this year. The front section of the Corolla sedan will remain largely similar, if not identical to those of the Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sports, while naturally, the key changes will be aft of the B-pillars.

Turbocharging will reportedly not feature in the Corolla sedan, meaning the 1.2 litre turbo petrol from the European-spec Corolla Hatchback is omitted for the sedan. This leaves a ‘new generation’ naturally aspirated 2.0 litre unit, likely referring to the M20A-FKS 2.0 litre Dynamic Force with 168 hp and 205 Nm, which will be paired with a CVT gearbox for this application. The Direct-Shift CVT applies a launch gear, which gives a direct gear drive to eliminate the unwanted sluggishness associated with CVTs when setting off.

The Corolla sedan will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which features McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension in the Corolla Hatchback as well as the C-HR. Inside, the Corolla sedan will almost certainly adopt the dashboard architecture from the hatchback, with equipment levels likely to be similar as well.

Specifications have yet to be confirmed, though the Corolla sedan can be expected to draw from the hatchback’s Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 safety suite; this includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed DRCC), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

Toyota aims to price the Corolla sedan in the same ballpark as the hatchback, sources close to the automaker told the website. On the manufacturing front, Toyota has been tipped to be expanding its facility in Porto Feliz, Sao Paolo to include production of the new Corolla’s powertrain. Porto Feliz will also be running three shifts for the full 24 hours in order to accommodate production of the Yaris.

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GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Hatchback (US spec)