New 2015 Toyota Corolla Hatch range arrives
WITH Toyota's Corolla proudly atop the best-seller's list in Australia, any revision to the nation's favourite car is significant stuff.
Fresh in showrooms is the new Corolla hatch with promises of more style, sharper dynamics and less fuel; Toyota keen to keep the Mazda3 at bay and propel Corolla to a third consecutive year as Australia's best-selling car.
With an extensive exterior redesign, the new Corolla hatch is available in entry-level Ascent and Ascent Sport grades, while higher SX and ZR grades are your sportier numbers featuring body kits.
All are 55mm longer with increased overhangs; Ascent and Ascent Sport variants have a lower grille and new headlight clusters, plus new 10-spoke 16-inch wheels for the Sport.
SX and ZR Corolla hatches have piano-black honeycomb mesh for the grilles, while the body kit comprises front, side and rear skirts, roof spoiler, new 17-inch alloys and brighter highlights.
Range-topping ZR has Bi-LED headlights for the first time, while of the eight exterior colours, Blue Gem and Citrus are new to the Corolla palette.
Interior upgrades include a reversing camera and touchscreen monitor standard across the range; a new audio system, dash panel, centre console and instrument gauges; plus fresh upholstery and satin chrome-plated ornaments.
Under the skin the 1.8-litre four-cylinder remains with 103kW and 173Nm across the range, but efficiency has been improved thanks to revisions to the transmissions. Corolla's six-speed manual brings fuel consumption down to 6.7 litres/100km (from 7.1 litres) while a revised seven-speed CVT offers 6.1 litres/100km (down from 6.6 litres).
Toyota says suspension revisions have improved initial roll damping, handling stability, steering feel and enhanced straight-line ride comfort.
Prices are up, down or static depending on your Corolla hatch choice: Ascent and Ascent Sport are up $300 (now starting from $19,790), SX remains the same ($23,490) and range-topping ZR with CVT as standard is reduced by $1000 ($28,990).
Toyota Australia's executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said the latest updates will give Corolla a decisive competitive edge.
"Corolla hatch customers now have a clear choice between two compelling new designs: classic or sporty - both of which deliver a greater presence and visually broader stance," he said.
"Buyers will also be attracted by a more stylish interior, under-the-skin tweaks that dial up the fun-to-drive factor and lower fuel consumption that will result in an even lower cost of ownership."
The new Corolla hatches are on sale in Australia now.
New Toyota Corolla Hatch prices (before on-roads):
- Ascent (6-speed manual) : $19,790
- Ascent Sport (6-speed manual) : $20,790
- SX (6-speed manual) : $23,490
- ZR (7-speed CVT auto): $28,990
Add $2000 for optional 7-Speed CVT on non-ZR models.
New Toyota Corolla Hatch equipment - Main Features:
Vehicle stability control
ABS with BA and EBD
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Emergency brake signal
Hill-Start Assist Control
Bi-halogen projector headlamps (manual levelling)
Display audio with 6.1-inch touch screen, six speakers
LCD multi-information display (MID)
Power windows, mirrors and door locks
16-inch steel wheels with full covers
Steering-wheel switches (MID, telephone, audio)
Ascent Sport (above Ascent)
16-inch alloy wheels
Seven-inch touch-screen with voice recognition
Toyota Link" connected mobility
- Destination Download##
- Local search##
- Toyota Help
Front fog lamps
Premium steering wheel, shift-lever knob
SX (above Ascent Sport)
Live traffic SUNA
Additional Toyota Link functions:
- Destination Assist (pay per use)##
- "Navigate to" for Destination Download##, Local Search## and Fuel Finder##
17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45R17 tyres
Rear bumper skirts
Rear spoiler (roof mounted)
Full-colour 4.2-inch MID screen
Sport front bucket seats
Sport seat trim
ZR (above SX)
Smart entry and start (keyless)
Bi-LED headlamps (auto levelling)
LED daytime running lamps
Heated, electrically folding door mirrors
Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning
Leather-accented seat trim
Driver and front passenger seat heaters
Driver's seat power lumbar support