2018 Toyota Corolla in OZ by August (NEWS)

TOYOTA BOOSTS COROLLA HATCH PERFORMANCE

**Power increase, better economy for new petrol engine**
**New manual and CVT transmissions**
**Hybrid variants across the range**
Toyota’s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyota’s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.

While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

2018 Corolla Interior

The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.

Its innovations include the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.

New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.

The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current model’s single hybrid variant.

The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy.

Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.

This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*

Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.

A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.

Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.

“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” Mr Hanley said.

“With its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,” he said.

Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.

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* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist is a driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

TOYOTA C-HR SUV (Coupe High Rider)

The SUV market worldwide is possibly the most contested car market out there. The SUV is such a versatile vehicle that It can appeal to almost anyone, of any age with a car license.

Toyota has brought excitement to the SUV market with the launch of its radically styled C-HR, or Coupe High Rider.

The C-HR car stands out in the Toyota range and its segment with a coupe-like upper body, powerful underpinnings and a punchy 1.2 litre Turbo Charged petrol engine and advanced cabin quality.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

A high level of standard features and competitive pricing add to the appeal with every C-HR equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies and in-demand features such as satellite navigation, alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

Toyota has created a simple pricing structure that starts at $26,990* for the six-speed manual front-drive C-HR , and also offer a CVT version and an all-wheel drive option.

Top-of-the-range Koba adds luxury features including leather-accented seats, keyless entry and ignition, bigger (18-inch) alloy wheels, LED lamps and innovative technology that moisturises cabin air – all for an additional competitive $4,300.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR

Customisation or Personalisation is a by-word for the newest Toyota with more than 60 available Genuine Toyota accessories – second only to HiLux in the Toyota range in number – encouraging owners to truly make this their own.

C-HR is the first Toyota to offer five years of Toyota Service Advantage# with annual services capped at just $195 each.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said C-HR’s stunning design brings together the best aspects of a hatchback, a coupe and an SUV.

Low-end torque, quick response and high efficiency are characteristics of the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is offered for the first time in a Toyota model in Australia and the quiet and smooth engine delivers peak torque from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm and maximum power of 85kW.

The manual gearbox, standard on the 2WD C-HR, is engineered with an “intelligent” system that promotes smooth gear changes by automatically adjusting engine revs.

On all other variants, the CVT also offers M-mode for manual access to seven simulated gears, giving a sense of response and control similar to a traditional transmission. I’m not sure why this would be but I’m willing to stay open minded about this until I actually get behind the wheel to test drive.

All C-HR variants offer two drive modes, in Eco mode it is favouring fuel economy and in Sport mode driving performance.

A strong focus on fuel consumption has resulted in a promised combined-cycle economy from 6.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions from 141 grams/km^.

Interior space is similar to Corolla, comfortably accommodating four adults and offering 377 litres of luggage space along with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

C-HR offers a high level of standard safety features including a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and reversing camera.

All models are equipped with seven airbags, stability and traction control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and hill-start assist control.

Satellite navigation is paired with Toyota Link** connected mobility and a six-speaker sound system while other C-HR features include dual-zone auto air conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-information display, electronic park brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch wheels.

C-HR models for Australia are built in Japan.

C-HR PRICES*

C-HR C-HR KOBA
2WD manual $26,990
2WD CVT $28,990 $33,290
AWD CVT $30,990 $35,290

 

2018 LANDCRUISER PRADO UPGRADE ADDS SAFETY AND VALUE

 

If you’re in the market for a Brand new Four wheel drive, then stay tuned…..Toyota has announced that they have upgraded the Landcruiser Prado range, making it a more complete, safe, and affordable package for you to consider.

2017 Toyota Landcruiser Prado
2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado

When I think of the 4WD market in Australia, and I think of what vehicles have stood the test of time, “Landcruiser” is the absolute first thing that pops into my head.
So to hear that this week Toyota has upgraded its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range, updating the external style while adding advanced active-safety technology to GX and GXL automatic models, I couldn’t help but want to share the news.

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The new GX automatic gains a comprehensive suite of advanced safety measures, a 500kg boost in braked towing capacity, the refreshed exterior and interior, and an instrumentation upgrade.

Prado’s new exterior contributes to added safety, with the bonnet sculptured in the centre to enhance downward visibility and the fenders re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

The entry angles of the front and rear bumpers are now improved, to enhance off-road manoeuvrability.

Advanced safety features – now standard equipment on all LandCruiser Prado auto models – are pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. PCS and ACC were previously exclusive to high-grade VX and Kakadu.

Towing capacity for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3 Tonnes and a rear differential lock has been added to auto GXL and VX grades.

The new LandCruiser Prado comes exclusively as a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, and this has already caused concern amongst drivers in the online forums, however I’m sure once they jump in and drive one, they’ll be adequately surprised with the usable power. With prices starting at $53,490 RRP for GX manual, this is more affordable than ever.

Popular GXL automatic has also had a rear differential lock, Optitron instruments and colour MID included.

A $3500 option pack for GXL adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats.

Further active safety upgrades see VX grade gain panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Top of the range Kakadu now has drive mode select and panoramic view monitor while benefiting from a $1121 price reduction.

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Inside, LandCruiser Prado has a redesigned dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The revised centre console incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and has a low profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.

There are two new exterior colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze. GX and GXL have grey fabric trim with the option of black leather-accented trim on GXL auto. VX and Kakadu are offered with Black and Beige leather-accented trim.

The safety technology now standard in all automatic models is designed to help prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences. The pre-collision safety system* can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Relying on a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, LandCruiser Prado can operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle’s speed.

Lane departure alert* monitors lane markings and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

Automatic high beam can detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles ahead and automatically switch between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

VX grade, in addition, now features blind-spot monitor* and rear cross-traffic alert*, systems from the Kakadu that support safer motoring by giving the driver better real-time information about the area immediately around the car.

Multi-terrain monitor, newly added to VX, enables the driver to select from front, rear and two side cameras to check vehicle blind spots and confirm their surroundings. New features include a panoramic view that enables the driver to check for other vehicles at blind intersections.

Drive Mode Select offers five modes which, at the turn of a dial, can provide the driver with the ability to set their preferred powertrain, chassis and air-conditioning settings.

LandCruiser Prado’s high-torque turbocharged diesel engine is equipped with an electronically controlled common-rail direct-injection system.

Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

The previous 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine is being discontinued in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

LandCruiser Prado is Australia’s best-selling large SUV, with its nearest rival another Toyota, the petrol-powered Kluger.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $240 (including GST) per service***.

2018 Toyota Prado upgrade
2018 Landcruiser Prado

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