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David McCowen | Mar, 06 2018 | 0 Comments

Get used to these looks, because you will be seeing a lot of the new Toyota Corolla on Australian roads when it arrives in August.

The Corolla is one of the most popular cars in Australia, having found homes in more than 1.4 million driveways across its 51-year run.

The new model picks up the baton by promising to be sportier than its predecessor. 

Part of that comes from lighter, stiffer architecture shared with the Prius, C-HR and new Camry, while a chunk of the new Corolla’s initial draw should stem from a longer, lower and more purposeful-looking body. 

Riding on wheelbase 40mm longer than the outgoing model, the new model promises improved high speed stability and passenger leg room, though a roofline positioned 25mm lower than before may not be welcomed by taller folks.

Toyota promises “a more dynamic driving experience”, though we will take those claims with a grain of salt as the manufacturer made similar statements about the current Prius, which isn’t exactly a five-seat go-kart.

LED lights at the front and rear contribute to modern, edgy looks that follow the similarly styled Camry and C-HR. 

Without giving away technical details, Toyota says the new Corolla will offer improvements in power, torque and efficiency over the current-generation car. 

An optional hybrid powertrain shared with the Prius will give people the choice of an understated petrol-electric model without carrying baggage attached to the brand’s eco-champion. 

Autonomous emergency braking fitted as standard should help secure a solid safety rating.

Toyota recently announced plans to introduce a new all-wheel-drive system and CVT automatic transmission with a direct-drive first gear for small models such as the Corolla. The brand’s Gazoo Racing performance push, led by race programs in the WRC and WEC as well as the introduction of a new Supra, could result in a hot Corolla to rival Volkswagen’s Golf GTI. 

Full details surrounding the Corolla will emerge closer to its Australian debut. 

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