2026 Toyota Corolla.

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2026 Toyota Corolla illustration. #1

It seems the Toyota Corolla is quite a popular subject online, with many illustrators trying to guess what the next generation could look like.

The current model came out in March 2018. That means it will be time for a new one next year as a 2026 model. Or even later this year. For so many years, the Corolla has been the world’s best-selling car, but it all came to an end in 2023 when the Tesla Model Y took the crown. Which is an amazing feast for an expensive EV.

As we saw with the 2025 Toyota RAV-4 illustrations, it seems people are having a hard time guessing the next Corolla. I think it all comes from the 2025 Camry, which was expected to be a new generation but instead was just a facelift of the 2017 model. Until now, it was a given car that would be new after 5, 6, or 7 years, but the 7-year-old Camry proves that Toyota is willing to keep their current models going for much longer, with a new interior and front end.

Will this be the case for the 2025 RAV-4? Or even the Corolla?

The first illustration shows an all-new design for the hatchback. Something that may be too close to the current Toyota Prius. And something that would, in the future, become an object of desire for millionaires who live in expensive mansions in the hills. Or so it seems.

The second one shows a very conservative redesign. Something so close to the current car that it’s hard to tell the difference.

The 3rd one seems the most realistic to me. A new design with current Toyota design cues.

The 4th one shows what another mid-cycle refresh could look like, after 7 years. Something that borrows its front end from the new Toyota Grand Highlander.

And the last one looks really nice and would be great news.

Of course, I am hoping for a new design for next year. But a refresh is still a possibility until Toyota can produce a smaller EV sedan for a decent price.

Which one is your favorite?

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