By Gerry Murphy
One of Ireland’s favourite cars, the hugely popular Toyota Corolla Saloon, will be on show in showrooms early in the New Year. This will be the 12th generation Corolla Saloon which has sold more than 46 million units in over 150 countries since its introduction in 1966.
For the first time ever, the Corolla Saloon is arriving as a self-charging hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain. There will also be a petrol variant; however, Toyota Ireland predicts that 90% of the sales in Ireland in 2019 will be in hybrid.
Looking pretty sleek the new Corolla model line-up, the new Saloon features the same wide and low stance inherent in the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
However, its own individuality within the Corolla family is reflected in its unique front and rear styling. Furthermore, the unique signature of the front and rear LED light guides make the new Corolla Saloon instantly recognisable.
Some technological highlights include numerous comfort and convenience features such as the intuitive, easy to use combination of an 8-inch multimedia touch screen, a 7-inch multi-information display and rear seat heaters.
A lower centre of gravity, a 60% more rigid body shell and trailing wishbone rear suspension fitted as standard promise better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.
The new Corolla Saloon will be available with a choice of two powertrains. A 1.8 litre self-charging hybrid system develops 90 kW/122 DIN hp. It fulfils all the requirements that customers have come to expect from a Toyota self-charging hybrid powertrain –quiet, intuitive, responsive and self-sufficient EV technology with no need for plug-in recharging.
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