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Toyota GB tweaks the now-all-hybrid Corolla vary | Automotive Business Information
GR Sport leverages Toyota’s Gazoo Racing involvement
Toyota’s UK arm is quick turning into the all-hybrid automobile firm. Make that the all self-charging hybrid firm because it has quietly been billing its ‘lectrified fashions the final 12 months or two.
The UK-built Corolla (nee Auris) has been up to date for 2020 and is now an all-hybrid line with 1.Eight and a couple of.0-litre powertrains and GR (Gazoo Racing) Sport and Trek (sponsorship) variations launched. Apple Automotive Play and Android Auto smartphone integration is now commonplace on all fashions, too.
Toyota GB stated 13,000 Corollas have been bought for the reason that mannequin’s launch in March this 12 months.
As with the C-HR, the 1.2T turbo petrol engine has been given the order of the boot. It is certainly not a nasty engine however TGB’s resolution is smart – most consumers go hybrid and so they’ve had a selection of electrified powertrains for the reason that new Corolla line got here out.
GR [the writer approves the nomenclature] Sport fashions embody a sharper design for the decrease centre bumper part, a large honeycomb mesh sample for the entrance grille and piano black surrounds for the grille and fog lights. There’s a black insert within the rocker panels and the brand new 18-inch black alloy wheels have a contrasting vivid machined end to the guidelines of every spoke and purple GR centre caps (17inch diameter wheels in the identical design are featured on the Touring Sports activities mannequin). On the rear there’s a silver insert within the decrease bumper, creating the look of dual tailpipes and a diffuser.
The ending touches are black backgrounds for Toyota emblems on the bonnet and tailgate, official GR (Gazoo Racing) badging and the choice of a brand new Ash Gray paint end. The cabin is fitted with sports activities entrance seats, upholstered in material with a devoted pinstripe sample and with seatback and cushion bolsters completed in black and gray artificial leather-based.
The gear specification matches the Corolla Design grade however provides a brand new seven-inch color TFT multi-information display screen with 3D-effect graphics, and a color head-up show. Different commonplace options embody Security Sense, LED headlights, sensible entry, rear privateness glass, automated wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and energy adjustable door mirrors with an auto folding perform.
The brand new head up show measures 265 by 70.5mm and presents information within the driver’s line of sight, even in vivid mild situations. Brightness and the place of the show could be adjusted utilizing controls on the steering wheel.
The brand new Corolla Touring [estate car/wagon] Sports activities Trek celebrates a partnership between Toyota and the internationally famend bicycle producer. It has an SUV-influenced look: the suspension has been raised by 20mm and particular exterior styling particulars have been added, together with black edging for the entrance and rear bumpers, silver-finished entrance and rear under-runs, black wheel arch mouldings and black rocker panels with silver inserts. There is a new machined/black distinction design for the 17-inch alloy wheels and Trek badging on the tailgate, plus rear privateness glass, a honeycomb-pattern grille and LED headlights.
The inside options additional particular detailing, together with branded scuff plates, a particular two-tone material upholstery and delicate wood-finish trim on the dashboard. The specification matches the common Corolla Design grade, with the addition of an influence tailgate with kick sensor. It additionally adopts the brand new Toyota multimedia system.
The Excel grade has been enhanced with the usual provision of sports activities seats with black leather-based upholstery and purple accents. The Sports activities Touring provides the hands-free energy tailgate.
The saloon variant – revived as a correct hybrid to half change the lifeless Avensis vary on the decrease finish whereas the all-hybrid revived Camry covers the highest – matches its Hatchback and Touring Sports activities stablemates by introducing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone features as commonplace on all variations. It is also now accessible with a brand new Scarlet Flare paint end choice. The saloon comes solely with the 1.8-litre hybrid.
Most fashions are on sale and accessible for supply now whereas GR Sport and Trek deliveries will start in January 2020. Which now could be solely subsequent month.