Initial local details for the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla range have been revealed this week, ahead of a local launch in August.
For our market, the Corolla will be offered with two powertrains – one petrol, one petrol-electric hybrid – along with two transmissions.
The new 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine develops 125kW of power and 200Nm of torque, representing an increase of 21.4 percent and 15.6 percent over the outgoing 1.8-litre engine respectively.
Meanwhile, the hybrid system is “an improved version” of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain from the Prius, and Toyota claims the Corolla’s version will “rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy”.
Both powertrains will be offered with a new continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with 10 programmed steps, along with a sports mode and paddle shifters.
The new Dynamic-Shift CVT is also the first transmission of its type in a passenger vehicle to have its own launch gear, which the company claims translates to “powerful and predictable acceleration”.
Meanwhile, the petrol engine will also be available with a new six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function. The gearbox itself is lighter and shorter than its predecessor, contributing to improved fuel efficiency.
Toyota adds the new Corolla will be offered with an array of its latest driver-assistance technologies as well, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with an assist, auto high-beam, seven airbags and a rear-view camera.
Check out our review of the new Corolla here. Spoiler alert: it’s good!
Other equipment highlights depending on variant include LED headlights, an electric park brake, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, eight-speaker JBL sound system, keyless entry and start, a 7.0-inch multifunction driver’s display, color head-up display and wireless phone charging.
“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” said Sean Hanley, vice president for sales and marketing at Toyota Australia.
“With 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.”
Initial Australian details have been announced for the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla range. The latest generation of Australia’s best-selling passenger car is due to arrive in August.
Local buyers will have the choice of two powertrains – a petrol and a petrol-electric hybrid with a choice of new manual and CVT transmissions.
The new 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit produces 125kW and 200Nm when compared to the current 1.8-litre engine power is up 21.4 percent while torque is up 15.6 percent.
The Corolla hybrid will utilize an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain from the Prius.
A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new unit is lighter and shorter which will free up some space and save weight.
Toyota will also offer an all-new Dynamic-Shift continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sports mode and paddle shifters. Interestingly, it will be the first CVT in a passenger car to feature a launch gear which Toyota says will offer “powerful and predictable acceleration.”
Like the new Camry and C-HR, the 2019 Corolla will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which provides a low center of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and a 60 percent improvement to body rigidity.
Australian delivered cars will feature Toyota’s latest pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist and lane-departure alert with steering assist.
The new Corolla will also get LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system, and an electric park brake.
Depending on the variant other equipment highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, 8.0-inch satellite navigation screen, dual-zone air-conditioning, 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7.0-inch color multi-information display, color head-up display and wireless phone charging.
Full Australian specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to the Corolla’s August launch.