Toyota - Corolla Hatchback/Touring Sports Price: from £24,140
Last Updated On: 06/02/2020
The world-famous Corolla name has returned to the UK with the launch of the new, 12th generation range of Hatchback, Saloon and Touring Sports models, which replace the Auris. The Saloon version is currently built in Turkey.
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 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol enginehas now been discontinued as the whole range becomes hybrid-powered only.
Both the new Hatchback and Touring Sports 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.
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.
Corolla is the latest model to benefit from the influence of Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s global championship-winning motorsport arm, with the introduction of new GR Sport models. These feature design and specification details that give the car a wider, more planted and powerful look and a sportier cabin ambience. (see image 4)
Toyota recently announced the new Corolla Touring Sports TREK which celebrates a partnership between Toyota and the internationally renowned bicycle manufacturer TREK. It stands apart from the rest of the range with its SUV-influenced look: the suspension has been raised by 20mm together with other special exterior styling details. (see image 8)