Explore the new 2019 Toyota Corolla: driving dynamics

This is the fourth and final blog article focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models. Previous articles have examined the model’s exterior and interior design, its comfort and technology features and powertrains.

2019 Toyota Corolla: TNGA body shell

The Toyota New Global Architecture platform which forms the foundation of the new 2019 Corolla range brings considerable dynamic benefits, together with marked improvements in ergonomics and the driver’s view from the wheel.

The body shell makes extensive use of aluminium, high-tensile strength steel and hot stamped materials, while the thickness of the doors and roof panel has been reduced. The result is a considerable reduction in weight and a consequent improvement in fuel efficiency.

Using adhesives and more extensive spot welding has helped increase body rigidity by around 60% compared to the current Hatchback and Touring Sports models. This helps achieve a notable increase in handling agility, steering responsiveness and high-speed stability.

Handling and agility are further improved by a lower engine mounting height, a lower hip point for the seats, and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats. These measures have helped lower the car’s centre of gravity by 10mm.

2019 Toyota Corolla: suspension

The new Corolla uses a proven MacPherson strut front suspension and an all-new multi-link system at the rear. The shock absorbers feature new valve technology and, for the first time, Corolla will be available with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

The front suspension geometry has been revised and the characteristics of the coil springs and shock absorbers have been optimised for a linear steering response in mid- to high-speed cornering. Changes have been made to the suspension arms and bushes and friction in the sliding parts has been reduced to minimise the transmission of shock from rough surfaces.

Compact packaging of the new multilink rear suspension means there is less intrusion in the load space, allowing for an increase in volume. It also delivers excellent handling stability and ride comfort, supported by an exclusive coil spring design. Link arm locations have been precisely determined to keep the tyres at a toe-in angle, both during cornering and under braking, improving the vehicle’s stability and response to steering inputs.

Both front and rear suspension systems benefit from a new shock absorber valve design which provides a 40% reduction in friction for a smoother and more comfortable ride.

The AVS system controls damping on all four wheels, giving better ride comfort, improved steering response and a flatter cornering attitude to enhance driving performance.

Damping force is automatically and continuously controlled through 650 steps by a solenoid which operates four times faster than a conventional step motor. It co-operates with the Drive Mode Select system to control damping force in line with the driver’s selection and provide the appropriate balance of ride comfort and handling agility.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.

Comments (2)

  1. Should the aim be looks the new Corolla is the choice.Sitting on a well proven platform from the Prius and competitevly priced it is a winner.The dual paint finishes are becoming the norm for good looking cars.Although surely a marketing ploy the 2 ltr power over the tried and proven 1800 plant will only give limited performance.Still not clear as to whether the car with its bulky gear stick opposed to the ECTV short stick on the Prius would suffice for me.In reality then only the Prius has this has this so easy to use facility.The thinker the doer when a rapid change down and the auto setting to park when switching off the engine.In retrospect it will be built in Derby the Toyota flagship factory.For all said will resist the temptation and stick to the Prius..

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