The Toyota Corolla hatch family has been given its first running update, with the company’s Australian operation bumping up infotainment and safety technology, along with some moderately enhanced visuals for the range-topping Corolla ZR.
Smartphone mirroring tech for the car’s built-in infotainment system becomes a range-wide standard, allowing Toyota Corolla drivers to integrate their phones with the car’s screen through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
That smartphone mirroring capability is slowly rolling out across Toyota Australia’s broader stable of vehicles, with the Hiace and Granvia being the most recent recipients of the company’s latest infotainment software.
Owners of the new generation Toyota RAV4, which launched earlier this year, will be able to gain the same capability as a retrofit sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Safety equipment also gets a boost, with the mid-range SX and ZR grades receiving a parking-speed AEB system that can detect both static objects and vehicles approaching from the rear and apply the brakes to avoid scuffing paint.
Rear cross-traffic alert also becomes standard on those grades as an extension of the existing blind spot monitoring system.
For the range-topping Corolla ZR, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar becomes standard-issue, while a bright new red paint colour and the option of a two-tone colour scheme being added to the spec list.
There are no mechanical changes to the 125kW natural-aspirated 1.8-litre petrol or the 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid, though prices have gone up for all Corolla hatch variants to accommodate the rise in equipment – most notably for the high-grade Corolla ZR, whose retail cost jumps nearly $2000.
2020 TOYOTA COROLLA PRICING
The 2020 Toyota Corolla hatch range is available now with pricing as follows:
- Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport petrol manual - $23,335
- Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport petrol CVT - $24,835
- Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport hybrid CVT - $26,335
- Toyota Corolla SX petrol CVT - $28,235
- Toyota Corolla SX hybrid CVT - $29,735
- Toyota Corolla ZR petrol CVT - $32,135
- Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid CVT- $33,635