Spotted by motor1.com spy photographers near the city of Ann Arbor in the state of Michigan, the newest version of the iconic compact sedan is only identifiable by its silhouette, with any styling details being completely obscured by heavy layers of black camouflage.
While it is expected to incorporate cues from the Camry and Avalon in the States, and likely the Auris for markets such as Australia and indeed South Africa, what is known is that the Corolla will make use of the same TNGA platform that also underpins the C-HR and Prius, and feature some much needed new driver assistance systems and in-car tech.
Despite reports alleging that the US-spec Corolla will continue with its single 1.8-litre petrol engine option mated to either a conventional automatic gearbox or CVT, international models could possibly follow the Auris, sold as the Corolla in some markets, in getting a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol as well as the 90 kW 1.8 and 134 kW 2.0-litre hybrids. As with the Auris, no diesel engine is expected to be offered.
Although only expected to debut next year, Brazilian automotive artist Kleber Silva has meantime released a pair of renderings showing what the Corolla could look like.
Mirroring the Auris' Keen Look styling philosophy with additional elements claimed to take inspiration from a catamaran, the Corolla adopts a more aggressive look courtesy of the claw-like headlights, expansive lower grille and short front overhangs, while the rear receives the same LED taillights with hints of the current Auris also visible.
More details are expected to emerge over the coming months leading up to the Corolla's launch.