This is one for the future, albeit the not-too-distant future. If you’re going to be replacing your lease car next year and you want something practical, economical, and reliable - then the brand-new Toyota Corolla might be exactly what you’re waiting for.
The new models won’t be available until spring 2023 but we’ve taken a sneaky peek at exactly what you’ll be able to get for your money.
Available as either a hatchback or estate (the UK won’t be getting the saloon version so ignore that one) the new range features a more refined and contemporary appearance with changes to the front grille mesh pattern, fog light bezels and alloy wheel designs. Higher grades also gain new bi-LED headlights. There’s a new range of exterior colours to choose from, and the interiors have been updated with new graphics, trims, and materials for a contemporary feel.
The new Corolla also adopts Toyota’s latest digital and multimedia features, designed for a better user experience and future-proofed so that new features and upgrades can be introduced via over-the-air updates.
The enlarged, 10.5-inch multimedia display presents graphics in high definition and has an anti-glare screen, ensuring excellent visibility in all lighting conditions. From mid-range models, the driver’s instrument display also has a new 12.3-inch display that can be customised to your preference.
The new Toyota Corolla also comes with “always on” cloud navigation and real-time traffic and journey information. There is also a new on-board voice agent that recognises natural, conversational requests to operate the multimedia, or vehicle functions such as opening or closing windows. You’ll also have a number of remote features via the smartphone app to lock or unlock the car, operate the climate control to heat or cool the cabin before you get in, and to activate the hazard lights when you can’t remember exactly where you parked it in the multi-storey.
As with the current models, a 1.8 and 2.0-litre hybrid systems will be available, both benefiting from significant changes to their engine and electric motor for extra power and improved performance.
Total power from the 1.8-litre system is 138bhp, which translates to a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds without any discernible change in CO2 emissions or running costs. For the 2.0-litre system, total output has risen to 193bhp so you now get a perfectly respectable 0-62mph time of around 7.5 seconds. Somehow that extra power also comes with a reduction in the combined cycle CO2 to 107g/km. Given the tiny difference in running costs it looks like the 2.0-litre version will be the one to go for given the extra power comes without a massive increase in running costs.
SUV Corolla joins the range
The Corolla Hatchback and Touring will also be joined by an SUV – the Toyota Corolla Cross – in the second half of 2023. The Corolla also retains an advantage in being the only model range in its segment to offer full hybrid electric power for fuel efficiency and zero emission driving.
And if you do want a little more power without being too concerned about fuel use there’s always the Corolla GR Sport to consider. The new Toyota Corolla GR Sport boasts 18-inch alloy wheels and a new-look rear bumper. The seats have a fresh finish with the GR logo embossed in the headrest and the GR logo is also added to the push-button starter.
As we said at the beginning, the new Toyota Corolla doesn’t go on sale until next year so you’ve got plenty of time to work out exactly which model you would like to lease before the order books explode.
Full details of the UK model range, specifications and prices will be announced closer to the time, and we’ll be waiting to add your name to the leasing list so you’re amongst the first to driving the brand-new 2023 Toyota Corolla.
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