The 12th generation, Toyota Corolla model range has been given superior driving dynamics and enhanced safety levels. The range has also been given a lower stance and a dynamic styling which differentiates between the sporting, compact Hatchback, saloon and the sleek, versatile Touring Sport more strongly than ever before.
The Corolla model range further expands the brand’s hybrid line-up. The Hatchback and Touring Sports are the first models to offer a choice of two self-charging hybrid powertrains –an improved 1.8 litre with 122 DIN hp or a brand new 2.0 litre unit developing 180 DIN hp- marking the debut of Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy. And for the first time, the Saloon is available with the 1.8 litre self-charging hybrid powertrain.
Reflecting the brand’s continued focus on self-charging hybrid technology, the Corolla models offer customers just one conventional engine choice; a 114 DIN hp, 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit for Hatchback and Touring Sports models and a 132 DIN hp, 1.6 litre for the Saloon.
Equipped with the 1.8 litre hybrid powertrain, performance figures for the Hatchback, Touring Sports and Saloon are 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9, 11.1 and 11.0 seconds respectively. All three variants have a maximum speed of 180 km/h.
Fuel consumption for both the Hatchback and Touring Sports is as low as 3.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are just 76 g/km (WLTP: 101 g/km), whilst the Saloon’s fuel consumption is as low as 3.4 l/100 km and its CO2 emissions are only 77 g/km (WLTP: 100 g/km).
The model range showcases an all-new interior designed to create a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin environment in which new textures, colours and trim combine to offer the highest levels of visual and tactile quality. The driver’s cockpit area is further enhanced by new, steering wheel design featuring rim heating and an optimised switch layout.
The driver’s instrument screen incorporates a 7” 3D-effect panel and a new 10” colour head-up display. Other features include a 8” central multimedia display, an electronic parking brake, a wireless phone charging pad.
A revised front seat design has achieved a better driving posture and enhanced comfort. Standard on High grade Hatchback and Touring Sports models, a newly developed front sports seat features thin and wide shoulder supports.
New technology includes Adaptive Automatic High Beam. This means that beam areas occupied by preceding and oncoming vehicles are automatically shaded, maximising the time during which the driver can use the high beam setting. The system also varies the width of high beam projection according to vehicle speed. During times of low beam use, it automatically adjusts the beam cut-off line to offer the largest possible area of illumination without risk of dazzling the preceding driver. Adaptive Automatic High Beam also incorporates a cornering lamp function to improve visibility through bends in the road ahead.
All three new Corolla variants are equipped as standard with the latest version of Toyota Safety Sense; including active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.
The upgraded active safety package features a newly developed, single-lens camera with higher resolution and a millimetre-wave radar. Further driver support and safety enhancing systems include a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), Drive Start Control (DSC) and a full suite of brake and traction control systems.