Toyota has unveiled an updated range of EU-style Corolla after the American-style facelift. The European model will benefit from Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid system, as well as new technology and light visual adjustments inside the cabin to keep it in new condition four years after the 12th-generation debut.
Despite the addition of more automakers to the electrification trend, the Corolla remains the only complete hybrid in the C-segment alongside the Honda Civic e: HEV, as most competitors are offered with soft hybrid or hybrid engines. Previously available gasoline-only options were removed from the Corolla range, resulting in only a hybrid group, as the solid GR Corolla hot hatch is not available in Europe.
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Faster and cleaner than before
New self-charging hybrid systems are improved with more power and improved performance according to the same recipe. The sloping model will only be available with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter engines with FWD flavors. The redesigned power control unit (PCU) and transactional electric motor combined with a smaller and more powerful lithium-ion battery reduced the mass of the hybrid power unit to 18 kg (40 lbs) depending on the variant.
The 1.8-liter hybrid has a capacity of 138 hp. (104 kW / 140 PS), which is 18 hp more than the previous model. (13 kW / 18 PS). Thus, the upgraded Corolla can accelerate from 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, which is 1.7 seconds less than the previous one, while maintaining the same average CO2 emissions of 102 g / km. The 2.0-liter hybrid produces 193 hp. (146 kW / 196 PS), which is 15 hp more than before. (12 kW / 16 PS) more. Here, an acceleration of 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph) takes 7.5 seconds (-0.5 seconds), while the average C02 emissions are slightly lower at 107 g / km (-2 g / km).
In addition to improved specifications, Toyota engineers have recalibrated the hybrid control unit for natural and linear acceleration in accordance with the driver’s intentions. Decreased engine speed during acceleration caused the power unit to idle.
Soft design updates, additional technologies inside the cabin
The Corolla’s facial expression didn’t seem to have changed much for the unaccustomed eye. However, along with the three new color options (Juniper Blue for hatchback and Touring Sports, Midlight Teal for sedan and Metallic Gray for three) and the new alloy wheels, there are a few adjustments to the grille pattern and fog light frames. In addition, the high-end finishes of the hatchback and Touring Sports feature two LED headlights with an adaptive high beam system (AHS). As for the GR Sport, it will benefit from a new set of 18-inch machined alloy wheels, a sports rear bumper and updated seats.
Inside, Toyota offers new finishing and upholstery options for a modern atmosphere. On the technological front, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard for mid-range finishes, offering four modes – Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough. It is integrated with the Corolla Cross’s larger 10.5-inch informative entertainment touch screen, which combines cloud-based navigation and a new voice agent. The latter can recognize natural conversation requests and even open or close windows.
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The Toyota T-Mate package also includes the latest Toyota Safety Sense with a new and improved ADAS that is prone to on-premises software updates. Finally, drivers can access remote services through the MyT application.
The new Toyota Corolla range (hatchback, sedan, Touring Sports) will be available in Europe in the first quarter of 2023. Toyota will announce the price closer to the launch of the model.
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