The new Toyota Corolla Hatch is set to arrive in South Africa shortly (replacing the Auris), with the local range comprising a trio of derivatives at launch.
All three are powered by the Japanese brand’s turbocharged 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, as used in the C-HR and sending the same 85 kW (between 5 200 and 5 600 r/min) and 185 N.m (from 1 500 to 4 000 r/min) to the front axle.
The Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS model will cost you R336 800 and ship standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a continuously variable transmission will also be offered (the 1,2T XS CVT costing R347 400). The flagship 1,2T XR CVT, meanwhile, will (as the name suggests) be offered in self-shifting guise only, bearing a sticker-price of R367 100.
With the manual gearbox fitted, Toyota says the Corolla Hatch will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 9,5 seconds, before topping out at 200 km/h. In CVT form, the sprint to three figures takes a claimed 10,4 seconds, with top speed falling slightly to 190 km/h. Fuel consumption, regardless of transmission, is a claimed 6,1 L/100 km.
The XS trim level includes items such as keyless entry (with push-button start), LED headlamps, 16-inch alloys, a reversing camera, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, Toyota’s Display Audio touchscreen system, a full-size spare wheel and as many as seven airbags.
The range-topping XR specification, meanwhile, adds blind-spot monitoring, leather/suede trim for the seats, seat heaters up front and lumbar adjustment for the driver’s perch.
Measuring 4 375 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 640 mm, the new Corolla Hatch boasts a claimed luggage capacity of 503 litres. Exterior colours options in SA will include Glacier White, Pearl White Metallic, Satin Silver Metallic, Caribbean Blue, Oxide Bronze and Scarlet Metallic.
The standard service plan will span six services or 90 000 km (with intervals of 15 000 km), while the warranty will cover three years or 100 000 km.
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS: R336 800
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XS CVT: R347 400
Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T XR CVT: R367 100
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