The twelfth-gen Toyota Corolla hatch has received its first annual update, with a suite of changes for 2020 that bundles smartphone integration, additional safety tech and an available, racier two-tone colour scheme. No pricing changes have been announced.
Arriving in November this year, Toyota will make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring tech a standard feature of the Corolla range, senior sources have confirmed.
The Corolla will continue to be offered with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol (125kW/200Nm) or 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid (90kW) engines. Hopes that the Corolla would be upgraded to Europe’s punchier 132kW 2.0-litre hybrid were not met this year.
On the safety front, a new low-speed manoeuvre emergency braking system primarily designed for use while parking will be added to the mid-tier SX and high-spec ZR grades. The system, called Parking Support Brake, detects static objects and rear cross-traffic while the Corolla is travelling at up to 15km/h.
The new ‘colourway’ paint jobs will allow those buying the top-spec ZR to have the Corolla hatch’s roof painted black when paired with a range of colours that include a new shade of ‘Feverish’ red (replacing ‘Volcanic’ red). This two-tone scheme has been available in some markets since the new shape launched but it’s only now reached Australia.
Inside, the ZR also picks up eight-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, replacing manual control.
Finally, the base Ascent Sport grade will now be optionally available with a tyre repair kit replacing the standard full-size spare wheel. If that option box is ticked boot space increases from 217 litres to 333 litres.
For those looking for a boot, a new Toyota Corolla sedan will launch later in 2019.
2019 Toyota Corolla Australian pricing (plus on-road costs)
Ascent Sport hatch petrol manual: $22,870
Ascent Sport hatch petrol CVT: $24,370
Ascent Sport hatch hybrid CVT: $25,870
SX hatch petrol CVT: $26,870
SX hatch hybrid CVT: $28,370
ZR hatch petrol CVT: $30,370
ZR hatch hybrid CVT: $31,870