The new Corolla sedan will be offered in three grades – Ascent Sport, mid-range SX and top-of-the-range ZR – and there will be a new hybrid option, offered in the Corolla sedan for the first time in Australia, that will be available on the Ascent Sport and SX variants.
All three grades will be available with a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that comes with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the Ascent Sport, or mated to a CVT for SX and ZR versions.
The new hybrid powertrain drives the front wheels through an e-CVT and uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a pair of motor-generators to generate a combined maximum output of 90kW.
Toyota says that with low rolling resistance tyres and efficient aerodynamics, the Corolla sedan hybrid offers an official combined cycle fuel consumption of 3.5l/100km and low CO2 emissions of just 81g/km.
The new 2.0-litre petrol engine delivers maximum outputs of 125kW and 200Nm. Its combined cycle figures of 6.0l/100km for the CVT versions and 6.5l/100km for the Ascent Sport manual variant.
Priced from $23,335 for the Ascent Sport manual with the top of the range ZR petrol CVT coming in at $33,635, all variants feature auto LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, alloy wheels, and climate control (manual air conditioning for Ascent Sport petrol variant).
The latest generation multimedia system features an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, full Bluetooth connectivity, Aux and USB inputs and Siri eyes-free functionality.
Hybrid versions of the Ascent Sport also feature a keyless smart entry and start system as standard.
The Corolla SX petrol sedan features a premium three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters and smart entry and start. All Corolla sedan SX versions also gain wireless phone charger, satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic and digital radio, in addition to the standard AM/FM bands for the audio system.
The petrol-only Corolla ZR sedan features a higher level of specification with a tilt and slide moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports heated front seats with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, electrochromatic rear view mirror, and premium 9-speaker JBL sound system.
Safety features include autonomous emergency braking pre-collision safety system (PCS) with daytime and night-time pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, road sign assist and auto high beam.
All-speed active cruise control, and lane-trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function, are standard on all CVT-equipped models with the manual Ascent Sport featuring high-speed active cruise control, that operates at speeds above approximately 30km/h, and lane departure warning with steering assist.
Every variant across the new Corolla sedan range is also fitted standard with rear view camera and seven airbags, with SX variants gaining blind spot monitor and ZR also featuring head-up display.
Every Corolla, hatch or sedan, benefits from the Toyota Service Advantage capped price servicing that costs just $175 per service with 12-month/15,000km intervals.