All-New Corolla Hatch Sets Small-Car Benchmark – Aug 08, 2018 – Aichi, Japan (Techreleased) – 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.

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.

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 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**.

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**.