Toyota Corolla 2023: Australian update previewed in Europe
Toyota There are detailed upgrades for Toyota Corolla 2023 in Europe, providing a first look at some of the changes that are likely to happen in Australia later this year.
Changes in Europe include a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice assistant and cloud-based navigation, as well as new features. Refreshed design elements, new colors and enhanced driver assistance features.
Last month Toyota Australia confirm a bunch of changes are running pass Corolla, Yaris, Yaris Cross, C-HR, camry and GR Supra All will be available in local showrooms in the second half of 2022.
Toyota did not detail what the Australian models will gain beyond a boosted 1.8-litre 98kW hybrid system.
It has confirmed Australian models will get “the latest version of Toyota’s multimedia system including additional USB-C connectivity”, as well as Toyota Connected Services, “several updated safety and convenience features as well as such as exterior styling tweaks including new alloy wheel designs and an updated color palette”.
Based on the published details of the Australian Corolla, it seems the European model is indicative of what is to come.
The most notable changes for Europe are on the inside, with the addition of a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster and a new 10.5-inch high-resolution infotainment system. , complete with internet connection services.
There’s a new “vehicle voice agent” that responds to “natural, conversational requests” to operate vehicle and vehicle functions such as opening and closing windows.
The online capability allows European owners to access functions remotely using a smartphone app, allowing them to use their smart device to lock/unlock the vehicle, pre-adjust the cabin, size activate hazard lights as well as locate their vehicle.
Outside, there’s a new front grille pattern, updated fog light surrounds and new alloy wheel designs. The premium versions of the Corolla Hatch and Touring Sports (wagon) feature new bi-LED headlights with adaptive high beams.
New paint colors include Juniper Blue for the hatch and wagon, while the new Metallic Gray is available for the European range on all body styles.
Toyota is also bringing new upholstery and interior trim options to Europe, including new graphics, trim details and “embossed patterns that add three-dimensional depth and tactile appeal.”
The new Dark and Light Harmony interior themes offer colors and finishes that are coordinated to create a “modern, elegant feel”.
Driver assistance and safety are also being updated for 2023, with European markets adopting the new T-Mate suite, which combines the Toyota Safety Sense suite of assistance with “master parking and driving assistance systems”. another move”.
Major upgrades include:
- Destructive Acceleration: Reactions when using the accelerator pedal suddenly when traveling at low speed
- Support collision avoidance: Advanced AEB assist when turning at intersections or junctions; now also includes side collision avoidance
- Emergency steering assist: Improvements to now recognize oncoming vehicles
- Reduce curve speed: Adaptive cruise control speed adjustment for bends and turns
- Safe exit support: Activate an alert if the door is open into the path of a vehicle or cyclist approaching from behind
- Rear Seat Reminder: Warn drivers before they leave the vehicle that they may need to check if they have left something in the back seat
All versions of the Corolla in Europe and the UK are hybrids, and the 2023 range features Toyota’s latest hybrid system – benefiting both 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre systems available in the area.
The 1.8 liter hybrid was collided with 103kW 1.7 seconds down to the base powertrain’s 0-100 claim (9.2 seconds) – Australian models will switch to 98kW, according to Toyota’s local branch.
Meanwhile, the enhancer 2.0 liter hybrid which was still outside the tag for local Corollas, now creates 144kW and removed 0.5s from its 0-100 time at the time of claim 7.5 seconds. The more powerful hybrid version’s emissions were actually reduced by 3g/km (now 107g/km).
Toyota claims both powertrain options offer improved performance and drivability, unchanged or lower emissions (depending on variant), as well as a redesigned power control unit. successor (PCU) with a more powerful but smaller and lighter lithium-ion battery – the mass has been reduced. up to 18kg.
The recalibration of the hybrid control system is designed to deliver acceleration that “more accurately reflects the driver’s intentions and their use of the gas pedal”. Toyota says the noise of the powertrain when accelerating has also been improved thanks to that.
The European-market Corolla GR Sport also benefits from some upgrades for 2023 – although it’s not currently offered Down Under.
It features new machined 18-inch alloy wheels, revised rear bumper design and lower guards, new upholstery with embossed GR logo on the headrests and micro-hexagonal motifs in silver ribbons along the sides. edge of the latch and pad.
The GR Sport models also get a new GR-branded start button. Toyota Europe says it has sold more than 20,000 units of the Corolla GR Sport range since its introduction.
Sales of the updated Toyota Corolla models will begin in the European region (including the UK) in the first quarter of 2023.
More details for Australia, including any price adjustments, will be announced closer to launch in the coming months. Stay tuned CarExpert for all the latest.