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Toyota Ups The Safety For Corolla.

Toyota has further boosted the safety technology for its Corolla hatch with three new leading-edge technologies available across the range.

The package – pre-collision safety system with forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert and automatic high beam – is now standard equipment on the top-of-the range $30,0201 ZR hatch.

The pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert and automatic high beam are driver assist features only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. The driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.

Designed to help the driver prevent or mitigate collisions in a wide range of traffic situations, this package is also available as a $7501 option on the other hatch grades, Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX and Hybrid.

The arrival of advanced safety features bring the Corolla hatch into line with its sedan sibling, which benefited from a recently introduced upgrade.

Corolla, which celebrates 50 years on the Australian market in 2017, has been Australia’s best-selling passenger car for the past four years and is the world’s best-selling nameplate.

Toyota’s pre-collision safety system relies on a windscreen-mounted camera and LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor to identify and calculate the distance to vehicles ahead.

When it detects an impact risk, it triggers audible and visual warnings and primes the brakes for extra stopping force. If the driver doesn’t take action, the system initiates autonomous emergency braking2 to reduce the vehicle’s closing speed.

Lane departure alert also uses the camera and LIDAR sensor to identify lane markings and trigger warnings. The system alerts the driver if the car begins to deviate from its lane without the turn signal being operated. LDA-equipped vehicles have a specific function button on the steering wheel.

Automatic high beam for the headlights detects when there is on-coming traffic or vehicles ahead and automatically switches between high and low beam for maximum illumination and vision in night-time driving.

Standard safety features across the Corolla Hatch range include seven airbags, whiplash-injury lessening front seats, vehicle stability and traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and reversing camera.

Corolla hatches are offered with a petrol engine and the choice of six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed sequential-shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), and as a petrol-electric hybrid with all-gear CVT.

Ascent and Ascent Sport grades are offered with both transmissions; SX and ZR has the automatic CVT exclusively. The manual SX grade has been discontinued.

Petrol hatch offers 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque from its 1.8-litre dual VVT-i engine, with combined-cycle fuel economy of 6.1 litres/100km3 for CVT models and 6.7 litres/100km3 for manual models.

Corolla Hybrid has maximum combined output from its two power sources of 100kW and combined-cycle economy of 4.1 litres/100km. Naturally, these figures will depend on your driving style and depends on driving conditions.

The Corolla hatch range is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $140 per service. This is the maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.

COROLLA HATCH PRICES (Not including government and deal charges, are manufacturer’s list price)

Ascent (manual): $20,190
Ascent Sport (manual): $21,210
SX (CVT): $26,000
ZR (CVT): $30,020

CVT (Ascent, Ascent Sport): $2,040
Safety pack (all except ZR): $750
Satellite navigation (Ascent Sport): $1,000
Panoramic roof (ZR): $1,530
Premium paint: $450


(With thanks to Toyota)