Revealed earlier this week at a private showing, Toyota’s bestselling saloon car has officially arrived in the UAE. And for the first time, the 2020 Toyota Corolla will not only be available with a petrol engine, but it also gets a hybrid version too.
Using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which offers a lower centre of gravity, multi-link suspension and improves structural rigidity, the latest Corolla offers improved comfort, handling and steadiness.
For the 2020 model, the latest Corolla comes with three drivetrains. Starting with the newly developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine with a D-4S fuel injection system and generates 168 horsepower. The powerful motor is connected to a new 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic transmission driving the front axle.
The second option is a 1.6-litre unit with 121 hp connected to a Multidrive 7S seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Last but not least is the new eco-friendly hybrid drivetrain. Fitted with two electric motors generating 97 horsepower and a 1.6-litre petrol engine, together they generate 168 hp. The unit is connected to an Electrically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT).
Toyota has gone to great lengths to improve the safety of the latest Corolla with the introduction of dual front and side airbags, Anti-lock Braking System and improved Vehicle Stability Control.
Inside, the smart interior offers passengers an extensive range of features including A/C vents in the rear. Other optional highlights include a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia infotainment system, cruise control, reverse camera and a one-touch moonroof just to name a few.
Although the hybrid version has officially arrived in the UAE, only the saloon body shape is available. If you want the hatchback, you’ll have to import one.
Speaking at the event, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota, said, “We are confident the new model will carry the legacy of the Corolla nameplate even further.”
Prices for the 2020 Toyota Corolla start at AED 71,900 and the HEV Corolla starts at AED 83,900.