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Corolla powers up


New powertrains for the all new Corolla hatch, which will be launched in September, provide a more engaging drive.

A new engine, transmissions, chassis, and suspension all contribute to Corolla’s fun to drive identity.

“This new 12th generation Corolla shares the same dynamic platform as the C-HR with technology inspiration from the class leading Prius and a strong European design influence,” said Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of New Vehicles and Product.

“This car is more than just an evolution of the Corolla we know, and with more power and a specially developed transmission for the petrol variants, it is the most fun to drive Corolla in the past two decades.”

TNGA isn’t just the genesis of the Corolla’s astute footwork and balance: An all-new TNGA-based powertrain is the heart of Corolla’s fun to drive identity. Its 2.0-litre Dynamic-Force direct-injection petrol engine adopts the latest in Toyota technology for gains in power, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions.

The 2.0 litre petrol engine has 21 per cent more power and 15 per cent more torque yet is more economical. Even with the extra performance, the new Corolla’s combined fuel economy has improved by 0.1 litres to 6.0 litres per 100 kms.

The engine is smaller and lighter than the 1.8 litre unit it replaces which helps to lower its centre of gravity and benefits its overall balance. It has a new direct and port injection fuel system with a higher 13 to 1 compression ratio.

It is mated to a Dynamic Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), with a launch gear to facilitate improved transmission efficiency in lower gear ratios where belt efficiency is typically poor. The transmission system utilises gear drive when starting from a full stop, resulting in powerful acceleration. Both smooth and comfortable launch performance are realised. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.

The SX and ZR petrol variants add paddle shifters while all petrol variants can access a 10-speed sequential manual shift.

“The upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Corolla complements the car’s new found dynamic capability while providing the optimal balance between fuel economy, low emissions and performance.” says Mr. Lala.

The all new Corolla Hybrid features the latest self-charging petrol electric hybrid powertrain from the Prius. The 1.8 litre petrol engine has a combined output of 90 kWs, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 litres per 100 kms, yet efficiencies are gained with a change from the required 95 octane fuel to 91 octane.

The all new Corolla uses the same TNGA platform as C-HR and Prius, featuring a lower centre of gravity, trailing wishbone independent rear suspension and a more rigid body shell that contributes to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.

“The new Corolla provides the cleanest interpretation yet of Toyota’s design inspiration and builds on the C-HR and Camry in terms of exterior design,” said Mr Lala. “The stylish headlights provide European flair and the lower bonnet enhances the sleek look.”

The chassis is clothed in a body that is lower, wider and longer than the current model creating an uncanny blend of balance, composure and feel. It has an athletic, muscular yet sophisticated style, with the lower grille emphasising the increased width and LED headlights wrapping around into the front guards.

Chiselled character lines link the front and rear of the Corolla, where the rear design is more rounded strengthening the visual relationship between front and rear while a spoiler creates a sportier look.

16” alloy wheels are standard for the GX and SX grades, while an 18” alloy wheel differentiates the ZR. A temporary spare wheel is included across the range excluding the ZR Hybrid which utilises a tyre repair kit.