The 2020 Toyota Corolla made a public appearance for the first time at the LA Auto Show. The biggest reveal was that the model will have a hybrid variant, which will be a first for the sedan in North America. The hybrid will enable up to a 50-mpg efficiency.

The hybrid battery will have a technology called Hyper-Prime Nickel that boosts performance without the need for an oversized battery. Plus, the addition of low-rolling resistance tires further enhances total mileage. A multilink suspension also makes handling a bit easier.

According to Toyota chief engineer Yoshiki Konishi, future iterations of the model may also be available in all-wheel-drive. In fact, another reveal at the LA Auto Show was the inclusion of all-wheel-drive for the 2020 Toyota Prius.

Konishi said that the Toyota team is currently studying trends in the North American market to determine whether an all-wheel-drive Toyota Corolla is something consumers would be interested in. The transition to all-wheel-drive is certainly feasible considering that the sedan shares the same TNGA platform as the Toyota Prius.

All 2020 Toyota Corolla models will also come with Toyota Safety Sense as standard. This includes lane centering, automatic high beams, and pre-collision braking.

Go to Motor1 to learn more about the 2020 Toyota Corolla and its features. The model is slated for a spring 2019 release.

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