Initial Australian details have been announced for the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla range. The latest generation of Australia’s best-selling passenger car is due to arrive in August.
Local buyers will have the choice of two powertrains – a petrol and a petrol-electric hybrid with a choice of new manual and CVT transmissions.
The new 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit produces 125kW and 200Nm, when compared to the current 1.8-litre engine power is up 21.4 per cent while torque is up 15.6 per cent.
The Corolla hybrid will utilise an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain from the Prius.
A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new unit is lighter and shorter which will free up some space and save weight.
Toyota will also offer an all-new Dynamic-Shift continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters. Interestingly, it will be the first CVT in a passenger car to feature a launch gear which Toyota says will offer “powerful and predictable acceleration.”
Like the new Camry and C-HR, the 2019 Corolla will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which provides a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and a 60 per cent improvement to body rigidity.
Australian delivered cars will feature Toyota’s latest pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist and lane-departure alert with steering assist.
The new Corolla will also get LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.
Depending on the variant other equipment highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, 8.0-inch satellite navigation screen, dual-zone air-conditioning, 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7.0-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charging.
Full Australian specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to the Corolla’s August launch.
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