2023 Toyota Corolla facelift makes European debut


Toyota has updated the 12th-gen Corolla lineup (E210) for 2023 for the European markets, expected to go on sale later this month with varying dates depending on the individual countries. Prices in the UK start at £30,210 (hatchback). As you know, the 12th-gen Corolla lineup includes a hatchback, a sedan and an estate/station wagon. The updates include subtle styling revisions and upgraded onboard technology.

So, what’s all the hoopla? Well, that’s a fantastic question indeed. In the hatchback, the front fascia features a new running light signature that is similar to that of the GR Corolla as opposed to the triple-Js of the original model. The mesh pattern is different too, and there’s a chrome bezel for the fog lights—which seems a bit unnecessary. The sedan doesn’t look any different though, but do note that the North American version of the Corolla sedan always had a different design.

As for the Corolla Touring Sports, well, it has the exact same face as that of the hatchback, but the one we’re seeing in the photos above is GR badged; meaning, all the chrome bits are replaced with dark bits.

Buyers have some new exterior colors to choose from: Juniper Blue for the hatchback and Touring Sports, and Midnight Teal for the sedan. Also new is Metallic Grey, available for all three body styles.

Apparently, the cabin has been refreshed with new material finishes and embossed upholstery patterns. A new, 12.3-inch digital driver display comes standard on all Corolla versions, while the Toyota Smart Connect+ with a 10.5-inch central display is reserved for higher trim models; it comes with navigation and functions such as fixed speed camera locations and weather alerts. But don’t worry, lesser trims get Toyota Smart Connect with an 8-inch central touchscreen; it offers—among other things—real-time traffic information.

The facelifted models also get an enhanced Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of active safety and driver assistance systems, which include Pre-Collision System with increased detection capability; Emergency Steering Assist; Full Range Adaptive Cruise Control; Overtake Prevention Support (prevents unintentional overtaking on the wrong side of a vehicle); Preliminary Deceleration/Turn Signal Linked Control (helps the driver safely re-join the traffic lane at an appropriate speed and distance from other vehicles); Lane Trace Assist; Lane Departure Warning; Emergency Driving Stop; Proactive Driving Assist (provides assistance in low-speed areas such as town centres); Obstacle Anticipation Assist; Deceleration Assist, and Steering Assist.

The TSS is part of the standard Toyota T-Mate package, which comes with a new front camera with a wider field of view.

In Europe, the 2023 Corolla lineup will continue with 1.8L and 2.0L petrol-electric hybrid powertrains. However, the system power output of the 1.8L is now 103 kW (140 metric hp), while the 2.0L system now boasts 144 kW (196 metric hp), up by 16 metric hp and 14 metric hp, respectively. Despite this performance increase, CO2 emissions are lower by 2 g/km and equals 100 g/km, the company said for the 1.8L, and for the 2.0L, it’s apparently a reduction of 12 g/km in the combined cycle CO2 figure to 98 g/km.

In addition, there’s a new power control unit (PCU) that is claimed to help reduce electrical losses in the system (-14% 1.8-litre, -6% 2.0-litre) and maintain fuel efficiency.

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