* Now an all-hybrid line-up with 1.8 and 2.0-litre powertrains. * New GR Sport and TREK estate versions introduced. * Apple Car Play and Android Auto now standard on all models.
The new, British-built Toyota Corolla has sold over 13,000 units to UK motorists since its launch in March this year. The hatchback, estate and saloon have been enriched with a series of early upgrades and new model versions for 2020.
In 2020, the Corolla becomes a full hybrid range following the discontinuation of the 1.2T turbo petrol engine. The new line-up carries forward Toyota’s improved 120hp 1.8-litre system and the new, 181hp 2.0-litre hybrid which made its debut with the model.
New Corolla GR Sport hatch
Corolla is the latest model to benefit from the influence of Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s championship-winning motorsport arm, with the introduction of new GR Sport models. These feature design and specification details that give the car a wider, more planted and powerful look and a sportier cabin.
Outside, there’s a sharper design for the lower centre bumper section, a wide honeycomb mesh pattern for the front grille and piano black surrounds for the grille and fog lights. There is a black insert in the rocker panels and the new 18-inch black alloy wheels have a contrasting bright machined finish to the tips of each spoke and red GR centre caps. At the rear, there is a silver insert in the lower bumper, creating the look of twin tailpipes and a diffuser. The GR Sport is adorned with official GR (Gazoo Racing) badging and a new ‘Ash Grey’ paint finish is an option.
Inside, the GR theme continues with sports front seats upholstered in fabric with a dedicated pinstripe pattern and with seatback and cushion bolsters finished in black and grey synthetic leather. It is also equipped with Toyota’s latest multimedia package, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.
The equipment specification matches the mid-spec Corolla Design grade, but adds a new seven-inch colour TFT multi-information screen with 3D-effect graphics along with a colour head-up display. Other standard features include Toyota Safety Sense, LED headlights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, automatic wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and power-adjustable door mirrors with an auto-folding function.
The new head-up display presents data clearly in the driver’s line of sight, even in bright light conditions. Brightness and the position of the display can be adjusted using controls on the steering wheel.
Corolla TREK estate
The new Corolla TREK estate celebrates a partnership between Toyota and the internationally renowned bicycle manufacturer TREK. The suspension has been raised by 20mm and special exterior styling details have been added, including black edging for the front and rear bumpers, silver-finished front and rear under-runs, black wheel arch mouldings and black rocker panels with silver inserts.
There’s a new black contrast design for the 17-inch alloy wheels and TREK badging on the tailgate, plus rear privacy glass, a honeycomb-pattern grille and LED headlights.
The interior features further special detailing, including TREK-branded door sill scuff plates, a special two-tone fabric upholstery and subtle wood-finish trim on the dashboard. The specification matches the mid-spec Corolla Design grade, with the addition of a power tailgate with kick sensor. It also adopts the new Toyota multimedia system from the GR Sport detailed above.
Enhancements to Excel trim grade
For 2020, the Corolla Excel grade has been enhanced with sports seats upholstered in black leather with red accents. The Excel estate further adds the convenience of a hands-free power tailgate that can be opened using a kick sensor below the rear bumper.
The Corolla saloon matches its hatchback and estate stablemates by introducing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functions as standard on all versions. It’s also available with a new ‘Scarlet Flare’ paint finish option. Only the improved 1.8-litre hybrid system is available on the Corolla saloon.
2020 Corolla range
The new-look Corolla range is available in Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Excel and GR Sport grade for the hatchback and TREK trim on the estate. The Corolla saloon, powered by the 1.8-litre hybrid system, is offered in Icon, Icon Tech and Design specifications.
* The new line-up is on sale and available for delivery now; GR Sport and TREK model deliveries will commence in January 2020.