Toyota South Africa Motors has given its Corolla hatchback a smattering of extra standard equipment, while also confirming the option of two-tone exterior paint.
All three variants in the local hatch range now feature wireless smartphone charging as standard.
In addition, the range-topping XR derivative has gained “Toyota Safety Sense”, the Japanese firm’s active safety suite that includes a pre-crash system, blind-spot monitoring, lane trace assist and "all-speed" cruise control.
Furthermore, the XR flagship’s LED headlamps have been upgraded to include an automatic high-beam function.
As we pointed out in an earlier story, bi-tone colour options have been added to the palette, with Pearl White, Satin Silver, Emotional Red and Caribbean Blue each paired with a black roof. Interestingly, Pearl White and Caribbean Blue can no longer be ordered in mono-tone configuration.
Nothing’s changed under the bonnet, where the company’s turbocharged 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine still develops 85 kW and 185 Nm. As before, there’s the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox and a continuously variable transmission.
A six-service/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km) and a three-year/100 000 km warranty are included, along with in-car Wi-Fi connectivity (including a complimentary once-off 15 GB of data).
Pricing: Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS: R361 900
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS Bi-Tone: R372 400
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS CVT: R373 100
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS CVT Bi-Tone: R383 600
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XR CVT: R412 600
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XR CVT Bi-Tone: R423 100
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