Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the arrival of the new Corolla Sport in Japan with an Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) model scheduled for release in August. Prices start from 2.1 million Yen (RM 78k) to 2.6 million Yen (RM 98k).
Touted as more than just a means of transportation, it is the first-generation connected car, connecting people, communities, and cars, while offering individually-tailored services for safety, security, comfort, and convenience.
There are two engine options available – 1.8-litre Hybrid and a 1.2-litre direct-injection turbo – accompanied by a 10-speed CVT gearbox. The 1.8-litre hybrid engine produces a combined 122 hp while the turbocharged engine makes 116 hp and 185 Nm of torque.
The Corolla Sport is the first front-engine front-drive Toyota in Japan to use Linear-solenoid-type AVS. Linear-solenoid-type AVS instantly adjusts the damping force for each wheel according to road surface and driving conditions to deliver a comfortable drive on any road surface condition.
The new symbolic front emblem (JDM models only) uses the letter “C” for Corolla and three corollas (garlands) as its motif. Inside, the Corolla is occupied with a 7-inch multi-information display along with newly developed bucket seats with enhanced side bolsters.
The Toyota Safety Sense comes as standard in all Corolla Sport models. The system includes pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians (day and night) and bikes (day) to help prevent collisions and mitigate damage, Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist to support the radar cruise control, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam.
Part of the Corolla’s new connected mobility offerings allow Call Centers (or dealers) to offer guidance to drivers when warning lights are activated based on information transmitted from the vehicle.
Drivers can use their smartphones to check the engine oil level, smart key battery level/condition or whether warning lights are activated. They can also use the same to check whether the doors are open, hazard lights are on, the auto alarm is on and more.