The new Toyota Corolla is here.
Launched today to much fanfare, pomp and ceremony this Durban built car is very important to the SA market.
Prices start at R214 900 and top out at R283 900.
Toyota SA Motors’ Lettie Labuschagne, General Manager of Product Planning, says “Toyota has spent decades refining and improving the Corolla, whilst staying true to its core values, which is the reason why it’s still SA’s most loved sedan.”
“With better styling, enhanced dynamics and even more interior space, the 2014 Corolla promises to be the best model yet. That is no small feat considering that its history goes back more than 47 years.”
Cumulative worldwide Corolla sales exceed 39.7 million since the nameplate was launched in 1966, including nearly 1 million in South Africa alone. The new sedan is the 11th generation Corolla. It will be sold in more than 150 countries.
With maximum torque of 205 N.m available from 1 800 to 2 800 r/min, the 1.4 D4-D turbodiesel is mated with a six-speed manual transmission allowing for 0 t0 100km/h 12 12.6 seconds. Toyota claims a average fuel consumption of 3,8 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. This may be the model to go for.
The wheelbase has been extended 100 mm compared to the outgoing production model to enable more space and especially rear legroom.
The new Corolla will be available in a choice of seven exterior colours, of which three are new to the model range: Seaside Pearl Metallic (light blue), Avant-Garde Bronze and Grey Metallic.
Sprinter models are cosmetically differentiated by means of 16-inch smoked alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and Sprinter badging.
The new Corolla is not only more spacious and comfortable, but also quieter than its predecessor.
The new Corolla is available in a choice of four grades; Esteem (entry), Prestige (mid), Sprinter (sport) and top-of-the-range Exclusive. A grade-dependent choice of fabric (Esteem), fabric and leather (Sprinter) or leather (Prestige and Exclusive) are available.
All models except for the Esteem come with a new, leather-covered, multi-functional steering wheel incorporating a comprehensive array switches for the operation of the audio, hands-free telephone and multi-function display system.
The refreshed line-up features a choice of an all-new 1.4 litre D-4D turbo diesel and three petrol engines; a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i unit, a 1.6 litre Dual VVT-i engine and another new powerplant, the 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i unit.
All engines are fitted with six-speed manual transmissions, but the 1.6 and 1.8 petrol variants may optionally be mated to Toyota’s new, high-gear, high-efficiency Multidrive S automatic transmission.
Active safety has been enhanced through the adoption of a next generation ABS system and a shorter brake pedal stroke for better feel and system response. Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) are available on two of the four model grades – Hill Start Assist Control (HAC2) is fitted to vehicles equipped with VSC.
The new Corolla benefits from a three-year/100,000km warranty and comes with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km (including the 1.4 D). The new models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme which entitles customers to 24-hour roadside assistance, ensuring ultimate peace-of-mind motoring.
1,3-litre Esteem: R214 900 1,3-litre Prestige: R232 900
1,4-litre D4-D Esteem: R237 900 1,4-litre D4-D Prestige: R249 900
1,6-litre Esteem: R225 900 1,6-litre Prestige: R241 900 1,6-litre Prestige CVT: R252 900 1,6-litre Sprinter: R248 900
1,8-litre Prestige: R251 900 1,8-litre Exclusive: R272 900 1,8-litre CVT Exclusive: R283 900
More to follow.