The new Toyota Corolla, the 11th generation of the world’s best selling car, has been launched in Ireland and has an entry price of 20,995 Euro. To date the Corolla has sold over 40 million units.
The all-new Corolla inherits 47 years of Corolla DNA. The range has an all-new exterior which embodies the evolution of Toyota’s Keen Look and Under Priority design principles with an emphasis now placed on the upper grille for a distinctive but more prestigious appearance.
At 4620 mm long, 1775 mm wide and 1465 mm high, the new Corolla is 80mm longer and 15mm wider, yet is 5 mm lower than its predecessor. The wheel base has been lengthened by 100mm which leads to more space overall in the cabin.
The soft instrument panel upholstery and high-gloss piano black finishes are complemented by silver trim detailing and clear blue instrument, glove box and ambient cabin lighting to create a premium quality feel to the interior.
Drivers will benefit from an improved ergonomic positioning and intuitive operability of all switchgear and instrumentation. Rear passengers will also enjoy an enhanced environment with increased rear legroom to a class leading 706mm, as well as more comfortable seats.
The Corolla also features increased luggage capacity. The new Corolla is not only more spacious and comfortable, but also quieter than its predecessor. The interior has been designed to offer customers class-leading quietness.
A choice of two premium colours, ivory or back, completes the new interior colour scheme.
The quality and intuitive ergonomics of the new Corolla interior are complemented by a range of comfort and convenience-enhancing equipment. The new Corolla features the debut of the second generation of the Toyota Touch, a 6.1” full colour, touch-screen multimedia system with a rear reversing camera and Bluetooth.
The new Corolla has been engineered to give a more enjoyable and involving driving experience, and benefits from a lighter, yet more rigid body structure, revised suspension and a more direct steering response. It offers a lower centre of gravity through an overall reduction in height.
Toyota have the lowest fleet wide CO2 in Europe. The Corolla has a revised, Euro 5+ compliant engine line-up with an enhanced fuel economy and best in class CO2 emissions from 99 g/km. The Toyota Eco Stop and Start system is standard on Corolla diesel models.
The Corolla line-up has three grades, Terra, Aura and Luna. There is a choice of a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel and a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine.
Corolla meets the highest active and passive safety standards, and enhanced pedestrian impact protection. It achieved a maximum 5-star rating in the latest, more stringent Euro NCAP crash test programme.
Standard features include next generation anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 7 SRS airbags (including driver knee airbag), whiplash prevention headrests, Emergency Locking Retractor seatbelts, and Traction Control.
The Corolla also features LED daytime running lights and ‘Follow-Me-Home’ headlamps which automatically remain illuminated for 30 seconds after the vehicle has been switched off and locked.
“We are very excited about the potential this next generation Corolla holds for Toyota Ireland. Irish motorists have had a loyal love affair with Corolla, and to this day it remains a household name,” said David Shannon, managing director of Toyota Ireland.
“We expect the new model with its highly desirable design, driving experience and interior comfort to convert a new generation of Irish motorists to the Corolla marque,” he added.