2023 Toyota Corolla European update unveiled with tech-laden interior
Just hours after Toyota USA unveiled its version of the updated Corolla, the brand’s European branch showed off its version, including our first look at the big interior tech upgrades possible for Australia.
Toyota Europe has unveiled its version of the 2023 Toyota Corolla Refurbishment – including a new high-tech interior that is set to preview Australian models, due later this year.
The reveal in Europe follows just hours after Toyota’s US arm revealed its updated Corolla – but compared to its US counterpart, the European model debuts a new high-tech interior that could leak to models Australians, once they arrive in the second half of 2022.
Rumor has it that an oversized 10.5-inch infotainment touchscreen is now available on flagship models – up from eight-inches – while a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver, shared with the GR Corolla.
The US model retains the current 8.0-inch center screen and 7.0-inch instrument display – although both models on either side of the Atlantic run a new infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto, cloud-linked satellite navigation and over-the-air updates.
While Toyota Australia has yet to confirm whether the larger European screens will be available locally, rumors indicate they will be available in Japan – where our Corollas are built, opening the door for a local launch.
The European market Corolla sedans are built in the UK – the European sedan coming from Turkey – while the North American sedan is made in the United States.
Europe will get the same next-generation 1.8-litre hybrid system confirmed for Australian showrooms, which overseas offers a redesigned transaxle electric motor, 18kg lighter lithium-ion battery (replacing an older nickel-metal hydride design) and retuned electronics.
While Australian models will develop 98kW, a one-off setting will see European versions offer 103kW – up to 13kW – for a 0-60mph acceleration time of 9.2 seconds, an improvement of 1 .7 seconds.
Australia is still expected to miss out on the European 2.0-litre hybrid option, which gets the same upgrades as the 1.8-litre system for 146kW (up to 12kW) and 7-stroke .5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (down). 0.5s).
Exterior upgrades to the sedan and wagon in Europe mirror those of the US sedan, with a new grille pattern, metallic front fog lamp surrounds, redesigned alloy wheels and revised bi-LED headlights, with new signatures and adaptive functionality capable of ‘turning’ around corners.
Three new colors are available in Europe, split across body styles – Juniper Blue, Midlight Teal and Metallic Gray – but whether they come to Australia (and under what names) remains to be seen.
European buyers continue to have the option of a GR Sport model, with unique 18-inch wheels, revised bumpers and exclusive GR seat embossing – but it’s unclear if this will come to Australia, as a GR Sport variant is not built in the Japanese factory.
Upgrades to the Advanced Safety Suite include intersection support for the Autonomous Emergency Braking System, new Safe Exit Assist and re-tuned Emergency Steering Assist technology.
The Toyota Corolla 2023 is expected to go on sale in Europe early next year.
Toyota Australia has confirmed the updated Corolla for a local launch in the second half of 2022 – although more specific pricing and spec details will be confirmed closer to launch.