Toyota CorollaMonday, July 14, 2014
A success 11 generations later
Recently the eleventh generation from Brazil was launched in Argentina.
It has also been a success in our country: it is the best-selling sedan in the compact segment, excluding hatchbacks. The Corolla is famous for its reliability, low maintenance costs and good resale value.
This new generation of the Corolla was designed to add a touch of what had been missing so far: more excitement at the wheel to catch the eye of a younger audience.
The version I tested is the Corolla SE-G, which is powered by a 1.8 litre engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is more streamlined and features a coefficient (Cx) of 0.27.
Toyota’s midsize sedan is 4.62 metres long and eight centimetres longer than its predecessor. Furthermore, the wheelbase distance has been increased by 10 cm to 2.70 metres. The height was maintained at 1.46 metres, while the width was increased by one centimetre to 1.77 metres.
On the front, a chrome grille extends and fuses with the three-dimensional headlights, which stretch into the side of the body. Also included on the front are four LED lights.
Sixteen-inch alloy rims feature a new 15-spoke design on the SE-G version. There are chrome finishes on the window frames and door handles, while the side mirrors include built-in lights and are electronically adjustable.
In the rear, the taillights feature a modern design and have a dominant presence both on the side of the vehicle and on its trunk. Here the headlights also “communicate” with the shape of the car, in this case through a chrome strip on the trunk lid, creating a sense of continuity. The position lights are also LED.
The interior has been completely renovated and features the addition of high quality materials and a smooth surface that creates a sophisticated environment. The abundance of metal ornaments varies on each version.
The driving position has been optimized by improving the angle of the steering wheel and the driving position in order to achieve a comfortable and natural driving position. The SE-G version that I drove features leather upholstery.
The wider wheelbase means more interior space with more room for passengers’ knees. Its flat floor brings about significant legroom.
The new Corolla is equipped with a reliable 1.8L petrol engine that includes a 16-valve DOHC (double overhead camshaft head) and Dual VVT-i technology, as per the standards set under the Euro 5 emissions regulation.
The engine, labelled 2ZR-FE, features four cylinders that displace 1798cc, developing 140 of horsepower at 6,400rpm and maximum torque of 173Nm at 4,000 rpm. Consumption at 100kmph was 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres and 7.5 l litres for the same distance at 130 kmph. In town, consumption rose to 11 litres per 100 kilometres travelled.
The Corolla’s six-speed Toyota EC60 gearbox syncs seamlessly with the engine, boosting speed and smoothness.
The Corolla offers a new multimedia system with a 6.1” LCD touch screen display. It also features digital air conditioning that allows you to select indoor temperature. Its USB input allows you to operate and charge your phone, displaying what you listen to on the screen (title, artist and album).
This multimedia system also includes a satellite navigation system (GPS), and plays DVDs. Bluetooth compatibility also allows you to connect your cell phone to the vehicle’s audio system and operate it remotely from the steering wheel.
This version of the SE-G has a smart entry system and keyless ignition, which lets the driver lock and unlock the doors and start and stop the engine with the touch of a button.
The car is equipped with ABS brakes and force distribution (EBD), while this model has incorporated a new booster to achieve greater braking efficiency and cruise control according to the force applied to the pedal.
All versions are equipped with front, side and knee airbags for the driver as well as a deflate switch on the front passenger airbag. In addition, this SE-G features a curtain airbag.
As for anti-theft security, all versions feature alarms on all doors and an engine immobilizer system.
It appears that the legendary reliability of the Corolla remains intact. Toyota has made noticeable changes, very specific ones. The company has upheld the car’s mechanical excellence and ensures a platform for accessible maintenance costs in Argentina, promising to be “the most economic (car) in its segment.”
The new Corolla has a transferable warranty of three years or 100,000 km (whichever comes first).