Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
What price can we expect? How much will it cost? We can’t say until it launches in August of this year, but Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing, told the Aussie media contingent at the international launch: “I can assure you that Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market”.
Hanley also said “the new Corolla will remain Australia’s best selling passenger car”, so we can expect strong value.
We will update you with a full price list for the range (with RRP and drive away price where possible), but as a guide, it would be fair to assume the new model range - which will consist of three models, each with a hybrid version - will see a minor price jump. That could come down to a higher-spec entry model, one with more standard features than before.
Here’s an attempted models comparison - it’s hard to say what our cars will have, but the models in the range are all set to have some good standard features and equipment.
Toyota has confirmed all trim levels will get LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (forget HID headlights, xenon or projector headlights), while it is expected there will be keyless entry with a smart key and push button start fitted to all models. Of course you’ll get air conditioning - single-zone climate control on the low specs, dual-zone on the higher grade.
You’ll get central locking, a detailed trip computer digital information display for the driver (4.2-inch on the lower grades, 7.0-inch for more expensive models), plus power windows and power mirrors, and the safety specs will be good, too: all models will have adaptive cruise control, plus AEB and more. Check out the safety section below for more.
As for audio, there’ll be an 8.0-inch touch screen media unit, with the higher-spec models getting a GPS navigation system with sat nav traffic updates. That multimedia system is set to have DAB radio but at launch we won’t have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay - so you’ll have to just connect your iPhone/smartphone to one of the two USB ports for your MP3 player, or use the Bluetooth system. The high-spec model will have a JBL sound system with 10 speakers, but don’t expect a CD player or CD changer. All will have a digital clock.
A leather steering wheel and gear selector will be standard on all grades, while leather seats will likely be reserved for the flagship variant. And while no model on test in the US had a panoramic sunroof, we’d expect there’ll be the option for one. The XSE flagship we drove in the US had heated seats and some markets might get a heated steering wheel, too.
As for colours, the palette is still to be confirmed - but we can expect white, red, black, blue, silver and grey, but it's a maybe for orange and green.
It's hard to say what additional flavour Toyota will add - will we see a sports edition, a special edition, a black pack or premium package? Potentially. But CarsGuide has heard there could be an extensive list of optional styling accessories to smarten up the appearance.
Of course you’ll see an extensive accessories list, probably including floor mats - but we doubt there’ll be things like a bull bar or nudge bar. Some models may have tinted windows - and if you don’t get a spec that does, Toyota will do that for you should you want it.