The world-famous Corolla name returns to the UK next year with the launch of the new, 12th generation range of Hatchback and Touring Sports models. Today, Toyota paves the way for the new models’ arrival with the announcement of prices and equipment specifications.
The all-new Corolla marks an important advance in the development of Toyota’s world-leading, self-charging hybrid technology, being the first Toyota model in Europe to offer customers a choice of two hybrid powertrains – a revised 1.8-litre system and a new 178bhp 2.0-litre version that’s engineered for more power on demand, effortless acceleration and fun-to-drive character, without compromising overall fuel and emissions efficiency. As full hybrids, both powertrains have the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and fuel consumption; both are also matched to a seamless CVT automatic transmission.
The choice of powertrains also includes a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, with six-speed manual transmission.
The new Hatchback and Touring Sports are being manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire and are the first Corolla models to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, bringing multiple benefits in terms of strong dynamic performance thanks to a lower centre of gravity, balanced chassis and a highly rigid body. It also contributes to increased safety and greater design freedom that’s witnessed in distinctly different styling for the Hatchback and Touring Sports versions.
Model grades, equipment features and colours
Both the new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports share the same equipment grade structure, with Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel trim levels. Likewise, the two body styles offer the same combinations of grades and powertrains: Icon and Icon Tech models are available with the 1.8-litre self-charging hybrid system and 1.2T petrol engine, while Design versions additionally offer the new 2.0-litre hybrid system. Excel grade is all-hybrid, offered with both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre systems.
At the entry point to the new Corolla range, Icon models are equipped as standard with features including: –
> 16-inch alloy wheels
> Automatic LED headlights
> E-Call system
> Heated front seats with lumbar support
> Toyota Touch 2 with eight-inch multimedia touchscreen
> Reversing camera
> 2-inch colour TFT multi-information display
> Dual-zone air conditioning (1.8 Hybrid models only)
As the name suggests, Icon Tech grade adds further useful technology features, including: –
> Toyota Touch with Go, with satellite navigation and voice control
> Seven-inch colour TFT multi-information display
> Parking sensors and Intelligent Park Assist (Intelligent Clearance Sonar on the 1.8 Hybrid models)
Design grade majors on added style and convenience, introducing: –
> 17-inch machined alloy wheels
> Rain-sensing wipers
> Power-adjustable heated door mirrors with automatic folding function
> Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
> Rear privacy glass
> LED front fog lights
> Optional opening panoramic roof
At the top of the new Corolla range, Excel grade goes further by adding: –
> 18-inch alloy wheels (Hatchback, 17-inch for Touring Sports)
> Bi-LED headlights
> Smart Entry
> Sports front seats
> Part-leather seat upholstery
> Optional opening panoramic roof
> Optional bi-tone paint finish (Hatchback only)
> Optional eight-speaker JBL premium sound system (2.0-litre Hybrid only)
The choice of colours for the new Corolla extends to eight shades, including new Sterling Silver and Scarlet Flare pearlescent. Excel Hatchback models can specified with a bi-tone finish that matches a black roof, pillars and door mirror casings with Pearl White, Sterling Silver, Scarlet Flare or new Titan Bronze bodywork.
Second generation Toyota Safety Sense
Across the complete range, all models are equipped with the enhanced functions of the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense. The upgraded package includes a Pre-Collision System that can now detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight hours. The Adaptive Cruise Control has improved deceleration and acceleration control, keeping the Corolla a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The ACC also has a new low-speed function for driving in stop-start traffic, bringing the car to a halt when the vehicle in front stops. Other systems include Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam.
The full Corolla line-up and on-the-road prices are given in the table below. Toyota’s UK retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the vehicles ahead of the sales launch in March next year.
GRADE BODY STYLE POWERTRAIN OTR PRICE Icon Hatchback 1.2T manual £21,300 Icon Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £23,750 Icon Touring Sports 1.2T manual £22,570 Icon Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £25,020 Icon Tech Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £22,350 Icon Tech Hatchback 1.2T manual £24,800 Icon Tech Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £23,620 Icon Tech Touring Sports 1.2T manual £26,070 Design Hatchback 1.2T manual £23,375 Design Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £25,825 Design Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid CVT £27,550 Design Touring Sports 1.2T manual £24,645 Design Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £27,095 Design Touring Sports 2.0 Hybrid CVT £28,820 Excel Hatchback 1.8 Hybrid CVT £27,345 Excel Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid CVT £29,070 Excel Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT £28,615 Excel Touring Sports 2.0 Hybrid CVT £30,340
The new Corolla Saloon will also be introduced in the UK in 2019, with prices and specification details to be announced in the New Year.