The Toy­ota Corolla goes up­mar­ket

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORS -

TOY­OTA’S new Corolla has ar­rived in the UK in hatch­back, es­tate and sa­loon for­mats. The 18 model hatch and es­tate line-up comes with the choice of two hy­brid pow­er­trains with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new 2.0-litre petrol/elec­tric set-up, which has been en­gi­neered for a more sporty drive and de­vel­ops 178bhp.

Built at Toy­ota’s UK fac­tory in Bur­nas­ton at Derby, the Corolla re­places the Auris and sees the re­turn of the world’s most pop­u­lar name­plate to the Bri­tish mar­ket.

As well as the new 2.0-litre pow­er­train, it is avail­able with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol en­gine and a re­vamped ver­sion of the cur­rent 1.8-litre hy­brid sys­tem.

All mod­els will fea­ture Toy­ota’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion of safety sys­tems, which now in­clude a pre-col­li­sion set-up that can de­tect pedes­tri­ans day and night.

Across the four-trim range the Corolla will have LED head­lights, heated front seats and a re­vers­ing cam­era, among its stan­dard fea­tures.

The Corolla will also come with Toy­ota’s Touch 2 mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem with its 8in dis­play screen.

Sat nav and a 7in TFT in­stru­ment panel dis­play are part of a Tech up­grade.

Range-top­ping Ex­cel ver­sions of the Corolla hatch will sit on 18in al­loys and will also fea­ture key­less en­try, sport front seats with part leather up­hol­stery and have the op­tion of an open­ing panoramic sun­roof, a bi-tone paint fin­ish and, on the 2.0-litre mod­els, an up­rated JBL sound sys­tem.

The new Toy­ota Corolla

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