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2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback – Video

2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback – Video

Toyota’s Corolla is set to retain its mantle as Australia’s best-selling passenger car with the imminent arrival of a new-generation hatch.

The all-new Corolla hatch sits on an innovative platform that underpins bold exterior styling, an upscale interior, impressive driving dynamics and ride comfort, plus advanced technologies including class-leading safety.

There are three grades and seven variants with hybrid technology now available at each level – Ascent Sport, SX and ZR, in a move expected to result in a substantial uptake in sales of Corolla hybrid.

Toyota Australia’s vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said Corolla, more than any other car, had built the reputation of the Japanese automotive industry and the success of Toyota Motor Corporation.

“This all-new Corolla hatch leapfrogs everything in the affordable small-car segment and sets the new benchmark,” Mr Hanley said.

“Corolla has become the world’s and Australia’s best-selling passenger car – and the new Corolla hatch is even better through our commitment to produce more appealing and dynamic cars,” he said.

“Many of its ground-breaking technologies and class-leading features would normally be found in more expensive, prestige models.”


The new hatch’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience with its lower centre of gravity, new multi-link rear suspension, 60 per cent more rigid body and improved weight balance.

New powertrains significantly boost performance and driveability. A new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Toyota Dynamic Force petrol engine delivers 21 per cent more power (125kW) and 15 per cent more torque (200Nm) than its 1.8-litre predecessor while using less fuel*.

A new Direct Shift continuously variable transmission offers a 10-speed sequential shift mode and mechanical launch gear – the first in the world for a passenger-car CVT – to promote brisk yet fuel-efficient off-the-line acceleration.

Corolla’s improved hybrid system is lighter and more compact due to advances in engine, electric motor and battery technologies – smaller, lighter and more efficient.

The 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine shares a raft of technical features with the new 2.0-litre engine, including world-leading thermal efficiency of 40 per cent and a 13:1 compression ratio. Combined output is 90kW and fuel economy 4.2 litres/100km*.

A more efficient, lighter and smaller multi-shaft transaxle has been tuned for greater low-down response and driveability. All CVT models feature three driving modes – ECO, Normal and Sport.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available on Ascent Sport, providing rev-matching control for smoother and more responsive gear shifts.

Across the range, driving characteristics also benefit from an active cornering assist system that applies brake force to the left or right driven wheels during high-speed cornering to supress understeer.


All-new Corolla brings unprecedented levels of advanced safety technology to the small car class with the Toyota Safety System. Toyota anticipates a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

A pre-collision safety system incorporates pedestrian detection+, including at night, as well as cyclist detection during the day, autonomous emergency braking and emergency brake assist.

Active cruise control and lane departure alert with steering assist and sway warning are also standard. On CVT models, active cruise operates at all speeds while the lane departure technology is upgraded to lane trace assist, providing steering assistance to ensure the car stays centred in the lane.

Corolla’s windscreen-mounted camera recognises speed-limit signs – a first for a Toyota model in Australia.

Other standard safety features include automatic high beam, reversing camera, hill-start assist, seven airbags and two rear ISOFIX child safety seat anchor points. SX and ZR also have blind-spot monitor.


Corolla is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor – resulting in a more dynamic, prestigious and sophisticated road presence.

The front profile is more vertical with a flatter bonnet flanked by bi-LED headlamps and integrated daytime running lights. At the rear, a lightweight composite hatchback sits between LED rear combination lamps housed in sleek units that emphasise the broad, solid stance of the car.

Corolla’s all-new interior design significantly raises sensory quality while delivering an airy, open feel. Improved comfort and greater refinement are accentuated by the unity of colour, gloss and grain for the premium quality trims and surface finishes.

Corolla is also more spacious, thanks to a longer wheelbase and increased body width. A thinner instrument panel contributes to better forward vision and there are new, more comfortable and supportive seats.


The range starts with the 2.0-litre Ascent Sport that picks up all the new design, powertrain, safety and technology features. It is also equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display, 4.2-inch multi-info display, air-conditioning, heated exterior mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker multimedia system with Toyota Link. Fitted with Toyota’s intelligent manual transmission, the price is from $22,870**.

Satellite navigation is a $1,000 option on Ascent Sport and standard on other models. Buyers can opt for the new Direct Shift CVT for just $1,500.

Across the range, hybrid variants are available for just $1,500** over the equivalent petrol models. Ascent Sport hybrid gains extra equipment over the petrol model with dual-zone climate control and keyless smart entry and start.

Moving up to the SX, these two features are standard with petrol and hybrid variants having equivalent specification. SX also gains a wireless phone charger, DAB+ digital radio, front fog lamps, paddle shifters (CVT petrol), premium steering wheel and shift lever, privacy glass and a rear USB port. With CVT standard (petrol and hybrid), the step-up from Ascent Sport to SX is just $2,500**.

At the top-of-the-range, the ZR is equipped with a large colour head-up display, 18-inch alloys, leather accented and suede interior with sports front seats, 8-speaker premium JBL sound system, 7-inch colour multi-information display, ambient illumination, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror and high-grade bi-LED headlamps. The premium over SX is just $3,500**.

Every new Corolla hatch is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped price servicing at $175 per service – now with 12-month/15,000km intervals^.


Ascent Sport petrol manual $22,870
Ascent Sport petrol CVT $24,370
Ascent Sport hybrid $25,870
SX petrol CVT $26,870
SX hybrid CVT $28,370
ZR petrol CVT $30,370
ZR hybrid CVT $31,870

Ascent Sport: Satellite navigation and privacy glass $1,000
All grades: Premium paint $550


* Achieved in test conditions. Actual fuel consumption and emissions may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02.
** Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer delivery, statutory charges and metallic paint. Optional extras at additional cost.
+ Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
^ Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 5 years or 75,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 5 services). Excludes government and rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota dealer or go to for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.

For more information, please contact:

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Product Public Relations Project Lead
Mob: (0413) 250 507

Brodie Bott
Manager, Public Affairs
Mob: (0448) 027 143

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Ascent Sport

2.0-litre petrol with six-speed manual or CVT transmission
1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission
Independent suspension
Electric power steering
Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes

Auto high beam LED headlights,
LED tail lights and daytime running lights
Rear fog lamps
Heated electric exterior mirrors
16-inch alloy wheels (petrol: full size alloy spare, hybrid: temporary spare)

Embossed fabric seats
Driver seat height adjustment
4.2-inch Multi Info Display (MID)
Urethane steering wheel with steering wheel controls
8-inch colour touchscreen display
60/40-split rear seat back
Front door bins with bottle holders
Rear door bottle holders
12v accessory socket

Toyota Safety Sense
Pre-collision safety system (AEB) with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist detection (day)*
All-speed active cruise control (CVT)
High-speed active cruise control (MT)
Lane trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function (CVT)
Lane departure alert with steering assist
Road sign assist (speed signs)
ABS with brake assist, vehicle stability control, active cornering control
7 airbags
Reversing camera
ISOFIX child restraint anchors

Comfort and convenience
Manual air conditioning
Front and rear power windows
Electronic park brake
Dual zone climate control (Hybrid only)
Smart entry and start (Hybrid only)

Infotainment / Multimedia
AM/FM radio
Bluetooth** connectivity
1 USB / 1 Aux input
Voice recognition, Siri “eyes-free”, Toyota Link#

SX (additional features over Ascent Sport)

2.0-litre petrol with CVT transmission
1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission

Front fog lamps
Privacy glass
16-inch alloy wheels with temporary spare

Premium steering wheel with steering wheel controls

Blind spot monitor

Comfort and convenience
Dual zone climate control
Wireless phone charger^
Smart entry and start

Infotainment / Multimedia
DAB+ digital radio
Satellite navigation with SUNA+ live traffic

ZR (additional features over SX)

2.0-litre petrol with CVT transmission
1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with CVT transmission

18-inch alloys with temporary spare (Hybrid – repair kit)

Sports heated front seats
Leather-accented ultrasuede seats
Driver seat lumbar support
7-inch Multi Info Display (MID) with analogue and digital display options
Ambient lighting

Head-up display

Infotainment / Multimedia
JBL premium audio
8 speakers

* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
# Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver’s compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user’s cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Compatibility with smartphones will vary according to model and operating system. Further information (including smartphone compatibility) is provided at
^ Only Qi-supported devices are compatible. Refer to your device manufacturer to determine your device’s compatibility. Some devices may require the purchase of a Qi-supported accessory to enable wireless charging.
+ Suna™ GPS Traffic Updates are only available in metropolitan Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; it operates from information provided by Intelematics Australia and may not cover all road incidents and congestion. See for details.


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** Longer, lower and wider body delivers dynamic visual presence **
** Stylish design underscored by all new TNGA platform **

The all-new Corolla hatch has ushered in a new era for Toyota’s venerable small car with a striking design that reflects its newfound dynamic performance capabilities.

Bold, distinctive and visually appealing, its styling follows in the footsteps of the latest generation C-HR and Camry in meeting the dictate of Toyota’s global president Akio Toyoda to create cars that spark people’s emotions.

Underpinning the car is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that has enabled the Corolla’s designers to deliver a car with a low, wide stance that provides a firmly planted posture from all angles.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Corolla hatch is 40mm lower, 30mm wider and 45mm longer, sitting on a 40mm longer wheelbase that helps give the car its athletic styling.

At the front, the large trapezoidal grille supports a thin linear upper grille that is stepped back and provides a seamless connection between the slim headlamp units that combine LED high and low beam, turn signal and daytime running lights.

The tapered bonnet sits 47mm lower at the cowl than the previous model ensuring excellent forward visibility and crowns a 15mm shorter front end.

In side profile, a gently rising beltline, 14-degree more sharply raked rear screen, standard 16-inch alloy wheels (18-inch for ZR) and rear overhang extended by 20mm overhang add further to the car’s dynamic visual appeal.

The rear of the car is finished with a lightweight composite hatchback flanked by rear combination lamps comprising LED brake, fog, turn signal and tail lights housed in sleek narrow units that again emphasise the broad solid stance of the car.

In addition to offering a stylish aesthetic, the high strength steel, aluminium and composite body has been designed with aerodynamic efficiency top of mind to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency.

The new Corolla hatch is offered in a choice of eight solid, pearl, metallic and mica colours headlined by four new hues of metallic Volcanic Red and Peacock Black and mica Eclectic Blue and Oxide Bronze. As well as the three new colours, Corolla hatch is also available in a premium Crystal Pearl along with Glacier White, Silver Pearl and Eclipse Black.

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