Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the launch of the new Corolla Sport in Japan. An Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Corolla is scheduled for release in August.
Keeping in pace with the significantly changing automotive industry, the new Corolla Sport makes its debut as a first-generation connected car, connecting people, communities and cars, while offering individually tailored services for safety, security, comfort, and convenience.
The Corolla Sport, staying true to its name, adopts a sporty design. Made as a global sports car backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five different continents, Toyota says anyone in the world can enjoy driving the Corolla Sport, whatever the environment.
The TNGA platform creates an athletic and broad silhouette for the 12th gen Corolla Sport with a low center of gravity. The expanded tread and wide tires demonstrate a powerful stance. The new symbolic front emblem (Japanese Corolla only) uses the letter “C” for Corolla and three corollas (garlands) as its motif. The front emphasizes a wide aerodynamic style with a low hood and sharp-looking headlights flowing from the upper grille. A dynamic shape and style radiate from the side to the rear.
As far as the interior is concerned, the TNGA platform lowers the height of the instrument panel and opens up the interior. The spacious interior is decorated with coordinated silver accessories and black panels. Futuristic meters, including a centrally located 7-inch TFT multi-information display, are skillfully employed. The newly developed sporty bucket seats with enhanced side bolsters for added support are there to complement the design.
There are two engine options available on offer. First is the 1.8-liter Hybrid Engine (2ZR-FXE) with an outstanding fuel economy figures of 34.2 kilometers per liter (JC08 test cycle). The engine churns out 98hp and 142Nm of torque at 3,600rpm. The assisted electric motor outputs 72hp and 163Nm. The second engine is 1.2-liter Direct-injection Turbocharged unit (8NR-FTS). It produces 116hp and 185Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Gasoline turbo and CVT variants feature 10-speed sport sequential shiftmatic mode for a fun drive. Whereas Drive mode select allows drivers to select the best driving mode (from multiple available driving modes) based on the driving conditions and their individual preferences.
The second-generation preventive safety package Toyota Safety Sense comes as standard in all Corolla Sport models. Toyota Safety Sense includes: a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians (day and night) and bikes (day) to help prevent collisions and mitigate damage; dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full-speed range that supports driving behind another car; Lane Tracing Assist that enhances steering so cars can remain centered in the same lane when using the radar cruise control; Automatic High Beam that changes between high beam and low beam headlights; and Road Sign Assist that displays road signs recognized by the camera on the display so that drivers do not miss them.
The intelligence clearance sonar and the rear cross traffic auto brake that senses cars approaching from the rear-left to rear-right, and helps minimize possible damage, and prevent potential collisions within parking spaces, is also on offer.