All-new Corolla hatch resets the small car benchmark

By Wright Communications

The next-generation Corolla hatch is built on an innovative Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that gave designers the freedom to create a strikingly distinctive look that reflects its newfound dynamic performance capabilities.

"This all-new Corolla has soul and personality" says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand's General Manager of Product and New Vehicle Sales.

"New Zealand's car of the decade has received its biggest upgrade, with a sharp new design that looks amazing and feels fantastic to drive."

"It's a more premium and stylish car that places a priority on the highest active and passive safety standards," says Mr Lala.

"These improvements have been made possible through the TNGA platform, which is integral to the company's mission to build ever better cars that will excite a new generation of buyers."

The chassis is clothed in a body that is lower, wider and longer than the current model creating an uncanny blend of balance, composure and feel. The new 12th generation Corolla hatch is imbued with a lower stance and more appealing proportions.

It has an athletic, muscular yet sophisticated style, with the lower grille emphasising the increased width and LED headlights wrapping around into the front guards. Chiselled character lines link the front and rear, where the rear design is more rounded, strengthening the visual relationship between front and rear while a rear upper spoiler completes the look.

The TNGA platform allows for a lower centre of gravity, trailing wishbone independent rear suspension and a more rigid body that contributes to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort.

"Customers crave novelty, change and excitement, but at the core want security, solidity and consistency. Corolla DNA has remained the same for 50 years, while evolving in terms of the latest technology and styling," says Mr. Lala.

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