One of Australia’s most famous signage, the Toyota Corolla, will receive some important upgrades and improvements in the second half of 2022.
In fact, from next year there will be a much larger and more diverse range of vehicles that will leverage its capital.
A series of changes include an updated volume sales model led by hybrid power; GR Corolla’s first hot hatch brand; and the introduction of a new Corolla Cross SUV with higher motion to sit between the Yaris Cross and the RAV4.
There is every chance that the latter will surpass the usual Corolla, as we have seen that the Mazda CX-30 sometimes outperforms the Mazda 3.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2023
Most important in terms of volume, as revealed last week, the hatchback and sedan Corolla will come with a tuned petrol-electric hybrid system that offers a nearly 10 percent increase in power – up to 98 kW from 90 kW.
This should be noticeable at higher speeds and a strong gas damper, as the power of the current Corolla hybrid decreases at higher speeds when the electric motor performs less work.
Unfortunately, Toyota does not mention the 2.0-liter hybrid four-cylinder car, which is offered in markets such as Europe, and which produces 135 kW of power.
According to the latest data we have, 51% of all Corolla sold in Australia were hybrids, and this ratio will only grow in favor of the petrol-electric model – especially if fuel prices remain high.
It will also get several new wheels and colors, an updated infotainment system with USB-C sockets and Toyota Connected services via a built-in data module. These additions are also expected to appear on non-hybrid petrol models, of course.
Toyota GR Corolla 2023
Fans of the hot hatch, it’s time to celebrate.
The long-awaited hardcore hot hatch Toyota GR Corolla with a capacity of 220 kW has been confirmed in Australia, the first deliveries are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.
If it rides with an intensity that matches its exaggerated, altered look, then something great awaits us … This will complete the thriving performance range of the Toyota GR along with the GR Yaris, GR Supra and the inevitable GR86.
It relies heavily on the smaller GR Yaris, using a version of its maniacal three-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission and variable all-wheel drive system that can direct up to 70 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels.
Later it will give Big T a ready competitor for badges like Hyundai i30 N, Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Megane RS and Honda Civic Type R of the new generation.
Unfortunately, while Toyota will build more than 8,500 GR Corolla models in its first year of production, more than 6,500 are shipped to the United States. The remaining 2,000 will be sold to the rest of the world, including Australia. Don’t expect any dealer demos …
2023 Corolla Cross
Currently, SUVs occupy more than half of the entire market (compared to about 20 percent for low-speed cars), Toyota’s despair in more crossovers is understandable.
While the Yaris Cross offers an alternative to the regular Yaris, the first Corolla Cross will appear in the second half of 2022.
The all-new model will be available in Australia with a choice of petrol and hybrid front-wheel drive transmissions, as well as with the twin-engine AWD model, which introduces a new 2.0-liter hybrid transmission.
While Toyota Australia has not yet confirmed the specifications for our market, the Corolla Cross in the EU market with a 2.0-liter petrol-electric AWD transmission offers 146 kW of system power, which is good for overclocking 0-100 km / h for 8, 1 second.
The Corolla Cross will face off with best-selling small SUVs, including the Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi ASX, MG ZS and Kia Seltos.