Toyota Corolla is one of the most popular and well-known cars in the world: it has a history of more than 50 years, a total of about 50 million cars have been produced, and 12 generations of the model are now in production. This success has been achieved thanks to good reliability, affordable cost and, importantly, continuous improvement of the model.
This is exactly what we are seeing now: a planned update for the Toyota Corolla! However, Ukrainian realities have their “nuances”. The fact is that the current Toyota Corolla model is available to customers not only as a sedan, but also as a hatchback or station wagon. However, the last two versions were not delivered to Ukraine. Similar to the compact crossover Toyota Corolla Cross, it has a chance for the future in Ukraine, but probably after the war and our victory.
So we should focus only on the sedan and upgrades for it. Frankly, little has changed from the outside: the radiator grille now has a different decorative design, expanded color palette, new wheel discs are offered.
But if you pay attention to the interior, the changes are much more significant. First, it now has a 10.5-inch touchscreen display for the multimedia system. And the system itself has become more modern in its menu, added the function of automatic updates “over the air” OTA. In addition, the instrument panel can now also be completely in the form of a display (previously a combination of display and traditional indicators with arrows). At the same time, four design and information display options have been proposed for the new virtual dashboard.
Among other technical changes we note an increase in the power of the hybrid power unit based on a 1.8-liter engine: there were 122 and there are 140 “horses”. The hybrid is also equipped with a Li-Ion battery (previously, depending on the version, there were variants with Ni-MH). Due to this, it was possible to improve the acceleration from 0-100 km/h by about 1.5 seconds. In addition, the power was similarly increased for a hybrid based on a 2-liter engin. However, unfortunately, such hybrids exist only as hatchbacks or station wagons that has not been delivered to us…
So, we are waiting for the updated Toyota Corolla sedan in Ukraine. And with it, we are waiting for the Toyota Corolla Cross SUV: it should be much more “interesting”!