2014 COROLLA SEDAN AUSTRALIA
The new Thai-sourced sedan range kicks off from $20,740 - marking a $250 cut on its predecessor, and a mere $750 premium over its hatch counterpart.
Three variants are offered - Ascent, SX and top-shelf ZR - with each powered by Toyota’s familiar 1.8 litre petrol engine.
The four-door Corolla once again brings its own unique styling to the party, with few external elements connecting the sedan to the five-door Corolla hatch.
There are more commonalities in the cabin however, with a largely identical dash, steering wheel, console and door design.
Importantly, the design of Toyota’s new Corolla Sedan brings a 100mm longer wheelbase - promising more room in the cabin, and a more capacious boot.
Power in the new sedan is provided by a 1.8 litre dual VVT-i petrol engine, producing 103kW at 6400rpm and 173Nm at 4000rpm - the latter now 400rpm lower in the range than before.
Six-speed manual and CVT auto transmissions are available for the Ascent and SX models, while the ZR can be had with the CVT only.
The previous model’s four-speed auto has been ousted, replaced now with a ‘seven-speed’ CVT.
Like the system in Honda’s new Odyssey, Toyota’s Multi-drive CVT also features a torque converter for a more 'normal' feel than most CVT autos can offer.
“Unlike other continuously variable transmissions, there is no slipping feel. Compared with a conventional auto, it has more responsive gear changes and there is no shift shock,” Toyota says.
Fuel consumption is rated at 6.6 l/100km on the combined cycle, marking a 10.8 percent improvement against the previous four-speed.
Suspension in the new Corolla sedan is by redesigned MacPherson struts up front, matched to a torsion-beam arrangement at the rear.
Among the enhancements are new upper supports, along with revised coil springs and dampers for improved ride-comfort and agility.
The electric-assisted rack-and-pinion steering gets a new control logic system and a revised ratio of 16.1:1.
The braking package includees 275x22mm ventilated discs at the front with a floating caliper, and 259x9mm discs at the rear.
The new Corolla Sedan has also gone through a localised tuning program, managed by Toyota's Melbourne-based technical centre.
Features & Dimensions
Toyota says it has boosted the value of its Ascent entry model by around $2000, adding cruise control, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors, along with a multi-information display in the instrument cluster and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
Other standard features include 15-inch steel wheels and halogen headlights, and fabric seats.
Stepping up to the SX - which replaces the Ascent Sport and Conquest models - adds 16-inch alloys, front fog lamps, ‘Optitron’ instruments, keyless entry and start, front parking sensors and chrome highlights in the cabin.
The top ZR model adds leather seats with eight-way powered adjustment for the driver, automatic air conditioning, auto wipers and headlights, LED daytime running lights, satellite navigation, paddle shifters and an acoustic windscreen for improved insulation.
All models are equipped with a 6.1-inch LCD touch display in the dash, including Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity.
SX and ZR models build on that by adding Toyota Link multimedia for certain iPhone and Android phone models to access on-board apps and services without touching the phone.
Safety features across the range include seven airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-skid brakes. The front seats are also designed to lessen the risk of whiplash in the event of an accident.
The new Corolla Sedan is 80mm longer than its predecessor, and 15mm wider.
The wheelbase is 100mm longer, and rear leg room has grown by a significant 92mm.
Likewise, space in the boot has grown 20 litres to 470 litres, making it among the most spacious boots in the segment. The rear seat is 60/40 split and has one-movement folding.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Ascent - $20,740 (auto adds $2250)
- SX - $22,990 (auto adds $2250)
- ZR - $30,990 (auto only)