Toyota South Africa Motors has added the new Corolla sedan to its website, confirming pricing for the 12th-generation saloon.
Of course, this new Corolla sedan is no longer built at the firm’s Prospecton facility in KwaZulu-Natal (although the latest prolonged-lifecycle Corolla Quest is), instead arriving as a fully imported model.
While the outgoing Corolla sedan range had comprised as many as eleven derivatives (priced from R288 800 to R384 900), the latest line-up features just three high-spec variants (like the Corolla hatch), relying on the Corolla Quest to cover the lower sections of the market.
Interestingly, the turbocharged 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine from the hatch is not offered in the sedan. The new range instead kicks off with the Corolla 1,8 XS CVT, which draws its urge from the Japanese firm’s familiar naturally aspirated 1,8-litre four-cylinder engine. Priced from R372 700, this model offers 104 kW at 6 000 r/min and 171 N.m at 3 900 r/min to the front axle via a continuously variable transmission, resulting in a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 10,5 seconds and a top speed of 195 km/h.
Next up is the Corolla 2,0 XR, which comes in at R412 300. The free-breathing 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine generates 125 kW at 6 600 r/min and 200 N.m from 4 400 to 4 800 r/min, directed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The obligatory sprint time falls to a claimed 8,0 seconds, while top speed climbs to 200 km/h.
Finally, the Corolla 2,0 XR CVT features the same engine but swaps the manual cog-swapper for a CVT (with paddles), pushing the price at R425 200. This transmission adds six-tenths to the 0-100 km/h dash and cuts five units from the top speed. But it’s interestingly the most frugal of the three, with claimed combined fuel economy coming in at 6,0 L/100 km.
The XS trim level includes items such as cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, partial leather trim, seven airbags, the Toyota Display Audio system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality), a reversing camera, automatic LED headlamps and 16-inch alloys (with a full-size steel spare).
The XR specification level adds things like adaptive cruise control, bi-LED headlamps (with an auto high-beam function), heating for the side mirrors, 18-inch alloys (with a space-saver spare), an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, a digital speedometer, a pre-crash system, blind-spot monitoring, brake assist and lane-departure alert.
Eight exterior colours are offered, seven of which are metallic. A three-year/100 000 km warranty and a six-service/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km) are included in the price.
Toyota Corolla 1,8 XS CVT: R372 700
Toyota Corolla 2,0 XR: R412 300
Toyota Corolla 2,0 XR CVT: R425 200