Toyota San Diego car makes first test run with new technology
SAN DIEGO — Toyota has started testing its latest generation of the San Diego Toyota Corolla, the new entry-level model for its midsize compact hatchback line.
The Corolla will debut in dealerships in the first half of this year.
Toyota said the new sedan will be available starting in 2021.
The new car has more than twice the horsepower of the existing Corolla sedan and has a lower weight than the Corolla sport utility vehicle.
The company says the new model, which has a 5.6-liter V6 and a 0-62 mph (0-124 kph) time of 3.1 seconds, will be lighter and more fuel-efficient than the previous generation.
Toyota also announced it will offer a “more practical, efficient and more environmentally friendly vehicle” in the new Corolla.
The car will be built with a “safer, more fuel efficient and energy efficient” architecture and include a new “smarter engine control module,” Toyota said.
The “SMOKE” engine has been developed by the Toyota Research Institute and Toyota Motor Corp. and is a technology to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
It can also produce lower engine noise and better fuel economy.
The Toyota Corollas are being built at a new assembly plant in Mexico.