New Corolla sets out reinvigorate Corolla name with sexy styling and fun driving dynamics
Toyota has now overhauled another one of its main staples, the tried and trusted Corolla. The new Corolla features sharp and boldly styled body which sits upon Toyota’s all-new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which promises to increase rigidity by 60 per cent and there’s new multi-link rear suspension and upgraded front suspension, so it’ll handle better than ever before.
Under the bonnet there’ll be an all-new high tech 2.0 litre petrol engine with high-pressure direct injection. Toyota is keeping quiet on power and torque figures for now, but it’ll be perkier than the outgoing 1.8 litre unit. A new rev-matching manual will be on offer, which should make manual great again. Should you want your new Corolla to change gears on its own whilst having the option to flick “ratios” via paddles on the steering wheel, you might want to go for the CVT.
However, this isn’t any normal CVT. Toyota says this is the first of its kind, as it has a conventional first gear to allow for sharper acceleration off the line.
If frugality is your thing, the hybrid drivetrain is said to have undergone and makeover, and is now as frugal as its “interesting” Prius sister.
There’s been a case of extreme makeover inside. High quality materials abound, and passengers sit in grippy sports seats and there’s an edgy BMW-style infotainment screen jutting out of the dash.
Toyota Australia is yet to confirm pricing and specification levels, but the new Corolla should be equipped with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection*, active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.
The new Toyota Corolla hatches down under in August.