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Fuel savings of more than 14 percent are available with the latest Toyota Corolla station wagon with CVT transmission.
The addition of stop/start engine technology, together with a higher compression ratio and lower friction materials within the 1.5 litre four cylinder motor have resulted in a new overall fuel consumption of 4.34 litres/100 kms for the CVT model, compared to the previous model’s 5.1 litres/100 kms. That is a saving of 14.90 percent. The five speed manual gearbox model continues to be rated at a competitive 5.68 litres/100 kms.
A new grille gives the 2015 Corolla wagon a fresh vibrant stance with its larger chrome upper section, piano black accents in the middle and a thick 7 bar lower black section.
“Corolla Wagon is big on all the important things; safety, space, economy, and technology, providing the ability to comfortably adapt to even the most demanding needs.” Says Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product.
“The reduction in fuel consumption for the CVT transmission model provides an additional benefit to customers, strengthening its position as a great choice for businesses and a practical family vehicle.”
Toyota has implemented additional security features to the CVT model to include an engine immobiliser, combined with smart entry remote control central locking and push button starting.
All Corolla wagons come with ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. Vehicle Stability Control and Traction control is also standard across the models. Other safety features include Hill Start Assist, which prevents the vehicle from rolling unintentionally when stopped on a hill, emergency stop signal and a brake over-ride system.
Six air bags and two ISOFIX child seat mountings with twin tethers add to the Corolla Wagon’s safety features.
Interior styling upgrades can be found in the cabin, where the fabric upholstery now has grey dot accents in the large centre sections.
The dashboard and upper surfaces of the doors sport a stylish textured leather-like grain finish. The CVT model gear selection shift gate features a piano black surround and LED illumination.
Matte grey urethane is used around the audio and air conditioning controls. Red needles, with black triangulated detail lift the analogue instruments, which now have chrome perimeter rings.
The audio system has Bluetooth capability, a USB port and auxiliary jack point. A trip computer with fuel consumption read out is standard.
When the rear seat is in use there is 407 litres of cargo capacity, extending to 872 litres once the 60:40 split folding rear seats are folded down. The cargo area contains under floor storage with a removable retractable tonneau cover. The rear seat backs can be folded with a remote release located in the cargo area.
To make better use of the space, the jack is located underneath the front passenger’s seat.
With its ability to carry large loads, the headlights have a manual beam height adjustment and the wipers have a variable intermittent phase.
Pricing for the restyled Corolla Wagon will be announced July 1st 2015.