By Motoring Staff
Johannesburg – When Toyota South Africa launched its new Quest at the end of January as a budget-focused saloon based on the outgoing 11th-generation Corolla, it also promised that a more upmarket 12-generation Corolla would hit the scene shortly thereafter. And here it is…
It’s interesting to note that this is the first Corolla that won’t be built at TSA’s Prospecton plant in Durban – it’s now a full import and priced at a premium.
Three models are on offer, with the 1.8 XS CVT kicking things off at R372 700. Topping the range is a pair of 2.0 XR models, with the manual selling for R412 300 and the CVT listed at R425 200.
Unlike the Hatch version of the new Corolla that was launched in 2019, the sedan does not get a turbo engine option. The normally aspirated 1.8-litre base engine produces 104kW and 171Nm, while the 2-litre is good for 125kW and 200Nm.
The pricing might be on the premium side, but there is no ‘bare minimum’ spec in the new range and even the base 1.8 XS is lavishly equipped. Standard features here include automatic climate control, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, multi-function leather-covered steering wheel, partial leather seat upholstery, seven airbags, ESP stability control and 16-inch alloy wheels. The base model also comes with a Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera and Android Auto / CarPlay connectivity.
Apart from the bigger engine, the 2.0 XR models gain 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, electrochromatic rearview mirror, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert and the brake-synchronised Pre-Crash system.
The cars are sold with a six-service/90 000km service plan and three-year/100 000km warranty.
1.8 XS CVT – R372 700.
2.0 XR manual – R412 300
2.0 XR CVT – R425 200