All-new 2019 Toyota Corolla launched – from RM128,888

By thoriq, 09 October 2019

As rivals Mazda and Honda have already ramp up their respective C-segment entries, it’s now Toyota’s turn to crank up the heat in this segment. Today, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) did just that with the introduction of the new Corolla.

Now in its 12th generation form, the new Corolla shares the same bones as the new Camry. To be more specific, the new Corolla now rides on the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) chassis platform as the Camry.

As a result, the new Corolla has grown slightly in both width and length, though the wheelbase of 2,700mm remains unchanged. Besides that, the model now sees just one powertrain package present.


Said package consists of a 1.8-litre 4cyl Dual VVT-i petrol carried over from the last model, which is good for 137bhp and 173Nm of twist. This is paired with a new 7-speed Shiftmatic CVT automatic box, and there are two driver-selectable drive modes present too, those being ‘Sport’ and ‘Eco’.

By the way, the new model rolls out of Toyota’s Thailand-based production plant, hence its marketed as a fully imported (CBU) offering. As reported earlier, bookings were opened up prior to the launch, and there are two trimlines to choose from starting with an entry-level 1.8E variant, followed by a higher-spec 1.8G.

Separating the two are their respective features list and kit count, with the entry-level 1.8E variant distinguished by its use of halogen headlamps and 16-inch wheels.

However, standard-equipped amenties aren’t bad as this entry-level variant still offers keyless entry and ignition, automatic single-zone climate control with rear vent, a 6.8-inch touchscreen head unit paired with six speakers, as well as fabric seats and a driver-only 8-way power-adjustable seat.

Opt for the higher-spec 1.8G variant and you’ll get things like full-LED projector headlamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, enhanced Optitron instrument display, dual-zone climate control, electronic parking brake, paddle-shifters, leather seats, wireless smartphone charging cradle, 360-degree parking camera, as well as front and rear Digital Video Recorders (DVR or ‘dashcams’).

Furthermore, the higher-spec Corolla 1.8G further benefits with the presence of the Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance package. This suite adds Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist & Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) into the mix.

Apart from this, Toyota hasn’t skimped on basic safety in both variants either. Standard-equipped in both are 7 airbags, traction (TCS) and stability (VSC) control suites, ABS + EBD & BA, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), tyre pressure monitor (TPMS), and ISOFIX childseat anchors.

All in, it’s easy to see that the new Corolla has all it needs to take the fight up against the new Mazda3 and upcoming refreshed Honda Civic, and not just in terms of equipment and potential performance if its prices are anything to go by.

Prices start from RM128,888 for the entry level Corolla 1.8E and from RM136,888 for the fully-loaded Corolla 1.8G. Included in both prices is a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty coverage from UMWT.

Like what you’re seeing in the new Corolla? Reckon it can take the fight up against the upcoming refreshed Honda Civic we drove in Thailand recently? Or would you opt to pay the premium for the sleeker-looking Mazda3?

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