Toyota Corolla, one of the most popular cars in the world, has received a mid-life update.
In 2018, Toyota released the 12th generation of its Corolla, which brought the famous nameplate back to the UK, replacing the Auris. The hatchback and wagon versions of the Touring Sports feature hybrid technology borrowed from the widely sold Prius, and now Toyota has refined it to offer more power.
The "self-charging" hybrid powertrain is available in either 1.8 or 2.0 liter versions, with both options getting more power. The first one now produces 138 hp and the second one has been tuned for 193 hp. Both are still mated to a CVT automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.
The 0-60 mph time for the 1.8-litre model is now 9.2 seconds, while the 2.0-litre model accelerates in 7.5 seconds. Despite the performance increase, CO2 emissions remain unchanged at 102g/km for the 1.8-litre model and 107g/km for the 2.0-litre model.
The Corolla didn't just get an upgrade under the metal, as the exterior has been slightly redesigned. The grille has a new pattern, the headlights have a new "bi-LED" design, and there are new alloy wheel options. In addition, a new set of exterior colors is available to choose from.
Inside, the Corolla now has new trim and updated graphics for the infotainment system, and a new large 10.5-inch touchscreen on the dash. The Corolla infotainment system now offers features such as "on-board voice agent" and the 12.3-inch driver screen can be customized with four different modes: Casual, Smart, Sport and Hard.
There are more safety tech on board, too: the Toyota T-Mate package adds blind-spot monitoring, safe exit assist (so you don't open the door near a passing car or cyclist). Toyota also says that the Corolla infotainment system will be able to receive updates in the future thanks to the ability to update over the air.
The Corolla will once again be available in the GR Sport trim, which adds new 18-inch alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a new seat pattern design and GR logos on the headrests. The GR Sport will be the most targeted Corolla available in the UK for now, as the brand said the GR Corolla hot hatch will not go on sale in Europe.