What Toyota has definitely done is change the way a Corolla drives and ultimately how we see one of the longest-running names in the automotive world with its edgy new exterior design. At launch, the new Corolla is available in Malaysia in two variants – the 1.8E and 1.8G.
With a price tag of RM128,888 and RM136,888 respectively, prices for the Corolla since our review have been revised following the Sales Tax Exemption to RM123,972 for the 1.8E and RM134,505 for the 1.8G model.
The new Corolla shares the same TNGA-C platform as the C-HR, the new Corolla Cross and the Lexus UX we got to test earlier this year. Underneath the hood is a 2ZR-FE 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, producing 139 hp and 172 Nm of torque. Both variants are fitted with a 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic CVT gearbox. In the 1.8G variant, you even get paddle shifters for manual changes.
Between the current 1.8G and the 1.8E, there’s a huge difference in what you get. The 1.8E may be RM11k cheaper (post Sales Tax Exemption) but it doesn’t get wireless charging, electronic parking brake, Blind Spot Monitor, adaptive high beam, panoramic view display, Digital Video Recorder, rear sunshade, chromatic rearview mirror, leather seats, dual-zone air conditioning, Optitron instrument cluster, automatic wipers, LED headlamps, paddle shifters, and even the 17-inch rims.
As for the rest of the Corolla we reviewed, we’ll leave it to you to find out in the video. For the latest price list of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia following the Sales Tax Exemption, click here.