And it looks aces too.
It seems that while Toyota’s 12th-generation Corolla is already off to a strong start thanks to its newfound style, the Japanese firm is prepared to throw everything it can at the new car to ensure that it retains its position as the best-selling car of all time. That may result in a small price increase that could dampen the spirits of price-conscious buyers, but those prepared to handle a negligible increase in outlay will be rewarded with a truly generous amount of kit.
“We are positioning the new Corolla as a premium, high-quality hatch, focused on performance and technology, with more attractive styling, more spec, and more powerful yet efficient drivetrains.” — Sean Hanley, Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Australia
The new Corolla will land here in August, and be offered in three variants. Interestingly, all three will be offered with a choice of either a 2.0-litre DynamicForce petrol mill (with either a 6-speed manual or new CVT auto) or a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain (with a new CVT).
“With the new Corolla, we’re stepping up our hybrid strategy by offering this technology across the range, rather than a single grade.” — Sean Hanley, Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Australia
Further than the drivetrain options, the Corolla will come chock full of kit upon arrival. Across the range, the Corolla will enjoy a system called Toyota Safety Sense 2, which is a bundle of advanced driver assistance systems that’ll put the Corolla well ahead of the pack in the small car segment.
Safety Sense 2 throws in things like pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as autonomous emergency braking. At night, the system is limited to just pedestrians and vehicles, with cyclists only ‘seen’ by the system in daylight. Additionally, all Corollas will get intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning and assistance, and automatic high beam.
That extensive kit list already means the Corolla will be the segment-leader in terms of standard ADAS kit. But, if you plonk for a posher model, you’ll get things line lane-tracing assist which, as far as we can work out, is a Level 2 autonomous driving system that’ll keep you in lane on the motorway and drive for you through traffic, though you’ll need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times.
Higher-grade Corollas will also benefit from a road-sign assist package (likely as an option) that will be able to mark out stop, give-way, no-entry, and speed limit signs.
Being built atop Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the new Corolla will be lighter, more rigid, and (claims to be) more dynamic than its predecessors. It will certainly have to be in terms of dynamics because we have little doubt that the sheer beauty of the thing will inspire drivers to push it that little bit harder. We cannot wait for the 12th-gen Corolla to arrive on our shores.