New look Toyota Corolla sedan scores hybrid power train

TOYOTA Australia will launch the stylish new Corolla sedan in late November, with a new hybrid power train, improved driving dynamics and ride comfort, and a comprehensive suite of driver assistance safety features.

Significantly, it will also feature the latest generation multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Like the new Corolla hatch, the new generation sedan is built on the latest TNGA chassis package.

The Corolla sedan will be offered in three grades; the base model Ascent Sport, mid-range SX and the ZR, with the new petrol electric hybrid option, offered in the Corolla sedan for the first time in Australia, available on the Ascent Sport and SX variants.

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All three grades are available with a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that comes with a choice of six speed manual gearbox or ’10-speed’ continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the Ascent Sport, or mated to a CVT as standard for SX and ZR versions.

The new hybrid power train drives the front wheels through an e-CVT and uses a 1.8-litre petrol engine, complemented by a pair of electric motors to generate a combined maximum output of 90kW.

With low rolling resistance tyres and a body designed for efficient aerodynamics, the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid sedan offers outstanding fuel efficiency, with an official combined cycle fuel consumption of 3.5-litres/100km.

The new 2.0litre petrol engine delivers a substantial 22kW and 27Nm increase in power and torque compared with its 1.8 litre predecessor, with maximum outputs of 125kW and 200Nm.

At the same time, its high level of efficiency and advanced technology offer a lower fuel consumption than the previous petrol engine, returning combined cycle figures of 6.0-litres/100km for the CVT versions and 6.5-litres/100km for the Ascent Sport manual.

In addition to the new power trains, Toyota has substantially improved comfort, convenience and safety features across the board to deliver a premium, refined small sedan.

Priced from $23,335 plus on-roads for the Ascent Sport manual, all variants feature auto LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, alloy wheels, and climate control (manual air conditioning for Ascent Sport petrol variant).

The latest generation multimedia system features an 8-inch touchscreen, full Bluetooth connectivity, AUX and USB inputs, and Siri eyes free functionality. The hybrid version of the Ascent Sport also features a key-less smart entry and start system as standard.

The Corolla SX petrol sedan features a premium three spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters and smart entry and start. All Corolla sedan SX versions also gain a wireless phone charger, and satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic and digital radio.

The petrol only Corolla ZR sedan features an even higher level of specification, with a tilt and slide moon roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and heated sports front seats upholstered in a combination of synthetic leather and Rezatec, with 8-way power adjustment for the driver.

It also scores an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, and premium nine speaker JBL sound system. All model variants are loaded with safety features too, including an advanced autonomous emergency braking pre-collision safety (PCS) system.

The PCS features daytime and nighttime pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, road sign assist and auto high beam. All speed active cruise control and lane trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function, are standard on all CVT equipped models.

The manual Ascent Sport gets high speed active cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist. Every variant is also fitted with a rear view camera and seven airbags, with the SX gaining blind spot monitor and the ZR, a head-up display.

Toyota has also ensured that pricing is aligned between the two body styles, while every Corolla, hatch or sedan, benefits from the Toyota Service Advantage capped price servicing that costs just $175 per service with 12-month/15,000km intervals.


Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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