Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

AR­RIV­ING in Australia later this year will be the lat­est Corolla hatch, fea­tur­ing a re­designed ex­te­rior and a broader stance that gives it more street cred.

Just re­vealed at the Geneva mo­tor show, the new Corolla also has an en­hanced cabin, re­tuned sus­pen­sion and steer­ing and im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency from its 103kW 1.8litre en­gine.

In the looks depart­ment, the hatch gets more prom­i­nent badg­ing on its nose, flanked by chrome wings that run along the front lip of the bon­net and across the width of the car.

Lower wings sweep down into the up­per sur­face of the front bumper, fram­ing the in­side edge of new head­light clus­ters.

From the side, longer over­hangs im­prove the over­all bal­ance of the de­sign. In­side, there’s new up­hol­stery, a re­vised dash and de­tail el­e­ments such as the air vents, door han­dles and gear­lever sur­round have been re­designed for a higher qual­ity ap­pear­ance.

Re­vi­sions to the sus­pen­sion have im­proved ini­tial roll damp­ing, min­imised fric­tion and en­hanced straight­line ride com­fort and map­ping of the elec­tric power steer­ing has been tuned to add steer­ing weight as ve­hi­cle speed in­creases.

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