By BennettÂ Oghifo
Toyotaâ€™s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyotaâ€™s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.
While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.
A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the worldâ€™s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.
The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.
Its innovations include the worldâ€™s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.
New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.
The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.
The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current modelâ€™s single hybrid variant.
The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its siblingâ€™s excellent fuel economy.
Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.
This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*
Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.
A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.
New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.
Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.
Toyotaâ€™s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.
â€œCorolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australiaâ€™s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,â€ Mr Hanley said.
â€œWith its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,â€ he said.
Corolla is Toyotaâ€™s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.