Toyota Rolls Out New Corolla Sport (photos)

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the launch of the new Corolla Sport in Japan at Toyota Corolla dealers nationwide. An Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Corolla is scheduled for release in August.

With the advent of a new mobility society, the automotive industry is changing significantly. The new Corolla Sport makes its debut as a first-generation connected car, connecting people, communities, and cars while offering individually tailored services for safety, security, comfort, and convenience. The Corolla Sport is not just a means of transportation; it offers a brand new relationship between people and cars.

The Corolla Sport, faithful to its name, adopts a sporty design. As a global sports car backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents, anyone in the world can enjoy driving it, whatever the environment.

The first-generation Corolla was developed with the passion to pave the way for a motorized society in Japan. Debuting in 1966 with the concept of 'mobilizing Japan,' the Corolla marks its 52nd anniversary this year. Today, Corolla has become a globally loved car, with longtime strong sales, boasting a total of over 46 million vehicle sales*3 in more than 150 countries and regions. Yoshiki Konishi, the chief engineer in charge of development, explains: "The Corolla has changed with the times. The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla 'fun to drive' DNA and integrates connected functions toward the future of mobility. I want people to experience both the history and the future woven by the Corolla when they drive it."

Leading the way as a first-generation connected car and the 12th generation Corolla, the long-awaited Corolla Sport, first unveiled in New York in March 2017, is now available in Japan, offering a brand new relationship between cars and people as a straightforward car for a new generation.

In Toyota Corolla dealerships nationwide, customers can enjoy events that connect with the Corolla Sports name, such as e-sports experience.

Exterior / Body Color

The TNGA platform creates an athletic and broad silhouette with a low center of gravity. The expanded tread and wide tires demonstrate a powerful stance.

The new symbolic front emblem (Japanese Corolla only) uses the letter "C" for Corolla and three corollas (garlands) as its motif.

The front emphasizes a wide aerodynamic style with a low hood and sharp-looking headlights flowing from the upper grille. A dynamic shape and style radiate from the side to the rear.

Customizable with eight exterior colors, including the newly developed Oxide Bronze Metallic, alongside the existing Scarlet Metallic, and Cyan Metallic.


The TNGA platform lowers the height of the instrument panel and opens up the interior. The spacious interior is decorated with coordinated silver accessories and black panels.

Futuristic meters, including a centrally located 7-inch TFT*8 multi-information display, are skillfully employed.

The newly developed sporty bucket seats*9 with enhanced side bolsters for added support complement the design.


A circular framed structure captures the body openings. The highly rigid body delivers a high quality and stable driving experience.
Suspension absorbers

The suspension uses a MacPherson Strut suspension for the front and double wishbone suspension for the rear. Newly developed absorbers underwent 600 tests using different combinations of oils and components to achieve a comfortable drive and responsive steering.
The Corolla Sport is the first Toyota brand front-engine front-drive vehicle in Japan using Linear-solenoid-type AVS*11. Linear-solenoid-type AVS instantly adjusts the damping force for each wheel according to road surface and driving conditions to deliver a comfortable and luxurious drive on any road surface condition.

Easy handling, ranked top in the C-segment hatchback class, supported by a 5.1-meter*12 minimum turning radius.

Gasoline turbo and CVT vehicles feature 10-speed sport sequential shiftmatic mode for a fun drive.
Drive mode select

Drive mode select allows drivers to select the best driving mode based on the driving conditions and their individual preferences. Multiple driving modes increase excitement.

Enhancement of advanced preventive safety equipment
Preventive safety package Toyota Safety Sense

The second-generation preventive safety package Toyota Safety Sense comes as standard in all Corolla Sports models. Toyota Safety Sense includes: a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians (day and night) and bikes (day) to help prevent collisions and mitigate damage; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full-speed range that supports driving behind another car; Lane Tracing Assist (LTA*13) that enhances steering so cars can remain centered in the same lane when using the radar cruise control; Automatic High Beam (AHB*14) that changes between high beam and low beam headlights; and Road Sign Assist (RSA*15) that displays road signs recognized by the camera on the display so that drivers do not miss them.

Parking support brakes (stationary objects, vehicles approaching from the rear)

The intelligence clearance sonar and the rear cross traffic auto brake that senses cars approaching from the rear-left to rear-right, and helps minimize possible damage, help prevent potential collisions within parking spaces.

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