Toyota and BMW have been sharing knowledge and working on mutual projects for some time now. The most famous of these projects is the Toyota Supra successor, which may also spawn the replacement for the BMW Z4. Now, a new report indicates this partnership may impact the next-gen Corolla, too.
According to IndianAutosBlog, the next-generation Corolla could come with an engine supplied by BMW. While the exact engine is unknown, there is a chance this could result in a more performance-oriented version of the `Rolla. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this, as the Nissan Sentra, once again, has a performance model in the SR Turbo and Nismo models, and the Elantra has the turbocharged Sport model.
Even BMW’s 180-horsepower 2.0-liter engine would be an improvement over the current Corolla. But we could see numbers in excess of 200 horsepower, like in the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the BMW 328i.
This move to a more potent Corolla would also match well with the movement of the next-generation Corolla to the new TNGA platform. This underpinning, which is currently under the Prius, is more rigid and deliver better response.
There is also the possibility of Toyota going the fuel-economy route and use a version of BMW’s 1.5-lter three-cylinder engine, which manages a respectable 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque in the Mini Cooper. This would significantly improve the feel of the Corolla when compared to its current 1.8-liter, which has 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, while also positively impacting its fuel economy.
Of course, this is all purely speculation, as BMW and Toyota could pair up to develop an all-new engine for the Corolla. Only time will tell.
The new-generation Corolla is slated to hit showrooms in 2018. Stay tuned for updates.