Its been 4 years now that the 12th generation Toyota Corolla made its world debut back in November 2018. The car has already received facelift in various markets across the globe and the updated version has just been introduced in South Africa, which is among the few key right-hand drive markets.
The biggest update comes under the hood. The 4th-generation 1.8L hybrid engine of Corolla has been replaced by a 5th-generation unit which offers enhanced performance and efficiency while the lithium-ion battery boasts better cooling capacity.
Inside, there is a revised 7-inch digital instrument cluster for the XS grade model whereas higher specification XR version will retain the same digital cluster from before. All Corolla derivatives will now include leather trim.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is also included which incorporate radar sensors for semi-autonomous driving. Along with this will be Pre-Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Trace Assist, Auto High Beam (AHB). In addition, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Safe Exit Assist (SEA) also forms part of the XR grade package.
The updated 2023 Toyota Corolla hybrid sedan in South Africa
The updated Corolla is offered in 7 exterior colors which include new shades namely Cinnabar Red, Attitude Black and Moonlight Ocean Metallic which adds to the existing Glacier White, Satin Silver, Celestite Grey and Platinum White Pearl. All Toyota Corolla models in South Africa are sold with a 6-services/90,000 km service plan. Petrol models carry a 3-year/100,000km warranty, while hybrid models hold an 8-year/195,000 km warranty plan.
The updated 2023 Toyota Corolla hybrid in South Africa is priced as:
- Corolla 1.8 XS Hybrid – ZAR502,600 (PKR 62.51 lac)
- Corolla 1.8 XR Hybrid – ZAR521,800 (PKR 64.90 lac)
- Corolla 2.0 XR CVT – ZAR517,100 (PKR 64.32 lac)
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