Toyota transforms: Venerable Corolla gets yet another makeover

  • Global premiere in world’s biggest car market
  • Advanced platform, more economical petrol engine
  • Sleek design, upscale interior and special CVT
COMING SOON: This is the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan which will follow the arrival of the hatchback version. Image: Toyota SA
COMING SOON: This is the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan and hatch range expected in due course in South Africa. Image: Toyota SA

GUANGZHOU, China – Toyota has revealed its next version of the time-hallowed Corolla sedan – a car it is says is different to those that have gone before.

How so? Well, the company adds, ”it transforms the model’s style, driver engagement, comfort and refinement while bolstering its value and reliability”.

COMING SOON: This is the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan which will follow the arrival of the hatchback version. Image: Toyota SA
COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA

Units had their global first exposure – a whole year before the sedan version’s proposed arrival in showrooms – here in China.

NEW TWO-LITRE

The next Corolla hatch will come first with release in some markets in early 2019 with an all-new two-litre engine capable of 20% more power but lower fuel consumption currently.

A new platform is said to have improved torsional rigidity by 60% and is said to have a lower centre of gravity, new multi-link rear suspension and totally revised front suspension.

COMING SOON: This is the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan which will follow the arrival of the hatchback version. Image: Toyota SA
COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA

”Sophisticated and dynamic exterior styling with overall height reduced by 20mm,” Toyota says, ”has brought a confidence-inspiring stance that’s more athletic while maintaining ample interior space for passengers and luggage.

‘QUALITY TOUCHES’

”Wider tracks combine with the unchanged 2700mm wheelbase to improve the sedan’s on-road stance and stability while the 35mm lower bonnet affords excellent forward visibility.”

The cabins are described as being sporty and elegant with ”quality touches” in materials selection and layout of controls and instrumentation.

The driver’s hip-point has been lowered and moved rearward for improved comfort and control while helping to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity and improve front-rear weight distribution.

COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA
COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA

The new two-litre, four-cylinder, Dynamic Force engine has more-efficient and complete combustion which takes maximum power to 125kW and peak torque to 200Nm.

The engine, Toyota explains, has high-pressure direct fuel-injection and low-pressure port fuel-injection with variable valve-timing on the intake side and the system uses an electric motor instead of oil-pressure to control the valve timing.

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”These technologies, together with a longer stroke, higher compression ratio and reduced internal friction,” Toyota says, ”yield maximum thermal efficiency of 40% – one of the world’s best for a passenger car.”

Power is delivered to either a new six-speed ”intelligent” manual gearbox – it has downshift rev-matching – or a constantly variable auto transmission assembled with 10 shift points and sport mode.

COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA
COMING SOON: The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan expected soon in South Africa. Image:Toyota SA

Crash avoidance / protection systems include, in all models, Toyota’s latest pre-collision system, ”following” cruise-control, lane-keeping, road-sign recognition, auto high beam, seven crash bags and a reversing camera.

Toyota SA says: ”The evergreen Toyota Corolla has been a staple in South African motoring for a remarkable 50 years. It is also the world’s best-selling automotive brand with 45-million deliveries.”

Toyota SA also points out that information is based on overseas pre-production specifications is still awaiting confirmation by Toyota SA and might differ . Local specifications will be publicised closer to their launch here.

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