We are barely arriving in the summer of 2022 when Toyota presents its Corolla 2023 to us: it will not arrive in France until the very first quarter of 2023. And if this restyling does not seem in itself an event, it nevertheless hides a great novelty; the arrival of the fifth generation of Toyota’s hybrid engine.
Changes to Toyota’s full hybrid engine
With the new 140 hp engine against 122 hp currently, the Auris 1.8 hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.2 s: an increase of 1.7 s all the same. All without penalizing CO2 emissions, stabilized at 102 g.
The second 2.0 L displacement self-charging hybrid engine will now develop 196 hp, compared to 184 hp on the 2022 model. This increases the 0 to 100 km / h from 9 s to 8.5 s. Very clearly, if the 184 hp engine had enough to win the favor of customers who love more dynamic driving, the new 140 hp version should now become the best compromise in the range.
The transaxle assembly was modified, as well as the PCU power control unit. Another change is the battery. The new lithium-ion battery is both more powerful, more compact and lighter, with a weight saving of up to 18 kg.
Toyota promises more natural acceleration, with lower engine speed and less cabin noise.
The aesthetic changes of the Corolla 2023
You will have to be a connoisseur to distinguish the style changes of this Corolla 2023. The changes are made in subtle effects, without major aesthetic overhaul. The designers have in fact revised details such as the mesh of the grille, the hubcaps around the fog lamps… not to mention new alloy wheels and new body colors such as Atlas Gray or Juniper Blue. The 2023 Corolla GR Sport gets other attentions, with a new rear bumper whose lower part has been redesigned.
Changes inside the new Corolla
Again, the GR Sport trim has been meticulously finished, with new upholstery the main changes of which are a “micro-hexagonal pattern in the silver ribbons woven around the edges of the backrest and seat” and an embossed GR logo on the supports them. -head. The start button now features a GR logo.
The most visible change is the replacement of the screen with a significantly larger screen, which now measures 10.5 inches. But that’s not all: Toyota is finally abandoning traditional counters in favor of a digital cockpit. This new 12.3 inch digital dashboard is customizable with 4 modes Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough.
A new Corolla will be connected for at least 4 years: the subscription will be free during this period for Toyota Smart Connect.
Now all driving aids are called “Toyota T-Mate”. In addition to the driving aids which refine their settings, the device also incorporates an alert system to detect cyclists and vehicles when the doors are opened (SEA). Another interesting element for parents: a presence indicator on the back seat so that they don’t forget their baby in his seat!
Revised on many points of detail, modernized by its new on-board screens, this new Corolla should especially convince with its 5th generation hybrid engine which promises to be even more pleasant than the current one. A significant strong point given the price of fuels which encourages people to favor hybrid engines when buying a new or used car.
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