According to the Automotive News, Toyota will move Corolla to the global modular TNGA platform, which was first run on the Prius hybrid in 2012. On the same platform, in addition to the aforementioned Prius, most other compact models of the brand are being built: the C-HR, the “fresh” Corolla in the body of the hatchback, and the compact luxury cross-Lexus UX.
The situation with the transition of Toyota Corolla to a new platform has developed for a reason. The old Corolla in the body of the hatchback (Auris) is based on the MC platform, which it shares with the models Alphard, Avensis, Auris, Previa, the old Prius, RAV4 and some other models. The same car was sold in the US under the brand name Scion and was positioned for young people. Also, the brand sells the sedan in the US Corolla, and this car differs significantly from the Corolla sedan and wagon Toyota sells in Japan. It does not look very simple, and the Japanese seem to understand this very well.
As the chief engineer Yoshiki Konishi told to our colleagues during the first test drives of the new generation hatchback Corolla, the brand will allocate $ 170 million to its plant in Blue Springs (USA, Alabama) just in order to transfer it to the TNGA platform. The same thing the Japanese are going to do with their other enterprises that produce Corolla, and they, for a minute, around the world more than a dozen, so the scale of investment is impressive. The statistics says that Toyota delivers Corolla to 154 states of the world, and every 10 seconds a regular copy of this model leaves the conveyor.
We can expect that with the transition to a new platform, Corolla will receive the same powerplants as the cross-C-HR, and the hybrid Prius.