Toyota Corolla – Better Hybrid Tech, Elevated Spec, Superior Safety

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The futuristic 12th-generation Corolla sedan shares a TNGA platform with its gorgeous hatchback sibling.

Having an all-new platform, new engines and daring design, transformed our ‘humble’ Corolla from sensible commuter to a standout sedan.

Since a hybrid variant was added to the Corolla sedan line-up, it’s taken Toyota’s pioneering hybrid technology to mainstream models.

Since 2021, the 4th-generation 1,8 hybrid engine has evolved to a 5th-generation 1,8-litre Petrol-Electric Hybrid engine with more 14% more power, refinement, and efficiency. A new Lithium-Ion battery with enhanced cooling capacity, sits at the core of the upgrade with 103 kW under the belt. The existing 2,0-litre Dynamic Force engine option remains, gaining an extra 1kW and 3 Nm – for peak outputs of 126 kW and 203 Nm. Fuel consumption is quoted at a modest 3,9 litres per 100 km for the Hybrid and 5,9 for the 2,0 petrol. CO2 emissions register at 90 and 134 g/km, respectively. Once we test it, we may be less conservative, based on our launch conditions figures, so we await a test unit for a fair verdict. With fuel prices rocketing it makes sense to buy the most fuel-efficient cars.

Toyota’s self-shifting CVT transmission, maximises fuel efficiency on both models and is quieter than before.

Revised headlamp clusters feature Bi-LED lighting elements and the DRL and turn-signal functions are performed by the same lighting diodes for visual flair.

Xs models feature a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with capacitive switchgear for ease of use. Xr models boast a new generation system with Voice Recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in navigation functionality. Occupants can also select from different display modes and designs.

Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 on all Corolla models represents the latest advancement of Toyota’s active safety system – which incorporates semi-autonomous driving aids. Camera sensor resolution is increased, while using a wider-angle lens. The radar sensors have also been enhanced helping to increase the detection range and recognition.

Model Line-up & Pricing

The existing two-grade strategy (Xs and Xr) has been retained, creating a model matrix of 3 variants with two engine options.

Corolla 1.8 Xs Hybrid                  – R 502 600

Corolla 1.8 Xr Hybrid                  – R 521 800

Corolla 2.0 Xr CVT                       – R 517 100

Pricing includes a 90 000 km service plan at 15 000 km intervals. Petrol models carry a 3-year/100 000km warranty, while hybrid models hold an 8-year/195 000 km warranty plan. Service and warranty plan extensions can be bought.

Toyota Connect, includes a complimentary 15 Gb in car Wi-Fi allocation, vehicle telematics and enhanced user features via the MyToyota app.


By Rubin van Niekerk

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