Japan has followed in the footsteps of the US and Europe with an updated Toyota Corolla range. Here’s what to expect in Australia.
Toyota Japan has unveiled its updated version 2023 Toyota Corolla – the best preview yet of the upgrades heading to Australia later this year.
While updated Corollas have been unveiled for the US and Europe, it’s the Japanese model that offers the best look at the facelifted model slated for Australia before the end of 2022, as vehicles sold in Australia and Toyota’s home market will be made in the same Japanese Factory.
In contrast, Corolla hatchbacks for the European market come from the UK, European sedans are built in Turkey, and sedans for the North American market are made in the US (although the hatchbacks are Japanese).
As seen in the international revelations, the facelifted Corolla introduces slight exterior design tweaks, advanced safety enhancements, more hybrid performance and a revamped, tech-heavy interior.
Exterior changes in Japan include a streamlined front bumper with new tailgate fog lamp bezels, new C-shaped LED headlight signatures, a revised rear bumper, and a range of new colors including a Hero Orange tint for the tailgate.
The “C” badges featured on the front of each car are exclusive to Japanese models, as they have been since the current Corolla’s launch in 2018.
Major upgrades can be found inside, where the existing 8.0-inch touchscreen is joined by a new 10.5-inch screen – both running Toyota’s new infotainment software, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Cloud -Linked satellite navigation and over-the-air updates.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver, while a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is now offered – at least in Japan.
As previously reported, the available 1.8-litre hybrid system has been upgraded with a new electric drive system and a lithium-ion battery (replacing the older nickel-metal hydride battery) for a combined power output of 98 kW, plus 8 kW , upgraded.
Other engine changes were made in Japan, with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol currently standard across the range being replaced by a 1.5-litre non-turbo petrol engine in the sedan and estate, or a 2.0-litre -Gasoline engine without turbo will be replaced hatchback.
These do not affect Australia, so all local petrol models will retain the 2.0-litre non-turbo petrol four-cylinder engine with 125kW/200Nm, a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive fitted since the current Corolla was launched.
The suite of advanced safety systems has been expanded to include intersection support for the autonomous emergency braking system and a feature that avoids pedestrians, cyclists or parked cars in an imminent collision.
That 2023 Toyota Corolla is now available in Japan in hatchback (known as “Sport”), sedan and “Touring” body styles.
Toyota Australia has previously confirmed the updated Corolla for local showrooms in the second half of this year in carry-over hatch and sedan body styles.
Pricing will be confirmed ahead of launch, however slight price hikes in Japan suggest buyers should expect to pay up to around $3000 more than before for a top-of-the-line ZR model.
Meanwhile, the Japanese launch of the GR Corolla Hot Hatch has been pushed back a few months to late this year or early 2023 – in line with recent confirmation of a similar delay in Australia from late 2022 to early 2023.