Crack­ing Corolla

New Toy­ota Corolla hits the mar­ket with a sleek semi-sporty look

South Western Times - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

Af­ter 52 years and 45 mil­lion cars the Toy­ota Corolla pow­ers along as the big­gest sell­ing car of all time. Al­most 1.5 mil­lion of those global sales have been Down Un­der and the just su­per­seded model has been the top sell­ing pas­sen­ger car here for years.

Toy­ota Aus­tralia has ev­ery in­ten­tion of keep­ing Corolla at the head of the pack in this coun­try and the 12th gen­er­a­tion car has just been launched here.

The Ja­panese gi­ant is push­ing harder than ever on hy­brids, hardly a sur­prise when you con­sider it has been sell­ing these petrol-elec­tric mod­els here for close to 20 years. And that Toy­ota hy­brids re­cently won one of the tough­est of all car races, the famed LeMans 24Hour.

New Corolla hatch is based on the mo­du­lar Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture (TNGA) and has a 60 per cent more rigid body and uses a so­phis­ti­cated sus­pen­sion that's com­ple­mented by the body hav­ing a lower cen­tre of grav­ity.

At this stage only the Corolla hatch is be­ing sold and the lo­cal im­porter will nei­ther con­firm nor deny that a sedan will be of­fered later.

Styling

There's a sleek semi-sporty look to the new Corolla. The grille is big and slightly closer to ver­ti­cal than be­fore, while the tail has a steeper slope.

Inside there's a non-sym­met­ri­cal shape to the dash­board sim­i­lar to that we have praised in the new Toy­ota Camry.

The over­all ef­fect is good though, sur­pris­ingly, not as strik­ing as that of the new Toy­ota Camry to our eyes.

In­fo­tain­ment

Corolla As­cent Sport has an 8.0-inch touch­screen dis­play and a 4.2-inch multi-info dis­play. Satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion is a $1000 op­tion on the As­cent Sport and stan­dard on other mod­els.

Corolla SX gains a wire­less phone charger and DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio as well as a rear USB port.

The top-of-the-range, Corolla ZR fea­tures a big colour head-up dis­play, an eight-speaker pre­mium JBL sound sys­tem and a 7.0-inch colour mul­ti­in­for­ma­tion dis­play

Pow­er­trains

A new de­sign 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine de­liv­ers 21 per cent more power and torque (125kW / 15 200Nm) than the out­go­ing 1.8-litre unit.

Also new is what Toy­ota calls a Di­rect Shift con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) with clever en­gi­neer­ing that gives it nice punch off the line that use­ful in day-to-day subur­ban driv­ing. It has three driv­ing modes – Eco, Nor­mal and Sport.

There's the op­tion of a six-speed man­ual in some mod­els but it's not likely to be cho­sen by many as ours is rapidly be­com­ing an auto-only mar­ket. How­ever rev-match­ing makes this man­ual sim­ple to drive in heavy traf­fic con­di­tions

Corolla’s im­proved hy­brid sys­tem is lighter and more com­pact than be­fore and its 1.8-litre Atkin­son Cy­cle petrol en­gine has a very-high 13.0:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio. Com­bined petrol­elec­tric out­put is 90kW and fuel con­sump­tion is listed at just 4.2 litres/100km. Sold across the range, hy­brid vari­ants are priced at only $1500 over the equiv­a­lent petrol mod­els.

Safety

Toy­ota an­tic­i­pates a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing when test­ing is car­ried out here. It fea­tures a pre-col­li­sion safety sys­tem with pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion dur­ing the day, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and emer­gency brake as­sist.

Driv­ing

The front seats are big and com­fort­able and sup­port well, the wider cabin is no­tice­able and while it doesn't ex­actly feel like a Camry inside the oc­cu­pants will en­joy the space of­fered.

Ev­ery new Corolla hatch is cov­ered by Toy­ota Ser­vice Ad­van­tage capped­price ser­vic­ing at a max­i­mum of $140 per ser­vice. Con­tact your sell­ing dealer for de­tails.

Model range

As­cent Sport petrol man­ual: $22,870; As­cent Sport petrol CVT: $24,370; As­cent Sport hy­brid: $25,870; SX petrol CVT : $26,870; SX hy­brid CVT: $28,370; ZR petrol CVT: $30,370; ZR hy­brid CVT: $31,870

Note: These prices do not in­clude govern­ment or dealer de­liv­ery charges. Con­tact your near­est Toy­ota dealer for drive-away prices.

Wheels is free in your South Western Times, Bus­sel­ton Duns­bor­ough Times, Au­gusta Mar­garet River Times, Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times, Har­vey-Wa­roona Reporter and Bun­bury Her­ald

There's a sleek semi-sporty look to the new 12th gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota Corolla.

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