JDM-spec Toyota Corolla Sport Launched In Hybrid and Turbo Guises

Toyota is finally launching the new Corolla Sport in its home market in Japan, with the new hatchback offered with hybrid and turbo petrol powertrains.

The new Toyota Corolla Sport will be among the first models to feature the company’s data communication module as standard on all models. This enables connected functions such as remote driving guidance, vehicle diagnosis, maintenance at optimal timing based on the vehicle’s mileage and more.

Customers in Japan will be offered the choice between a hybrid powertrain and a 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine. The former is basically the Prius powertrain, utilizing a 97hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a 71hp electric motor for a combined 120hp.

The turbocharged 1.2-liter petrol unit produces 114hp (116PS) and 136lb-ft (185Nm) of torque. A CVT gearbox that features a manual 10-speed mode will be the only option, up until August when Toyota will add a manual gearbox as well. The petrol-powered Corolla Sport features all-wheel drive in the more expensive trim levels.

“The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla ‘fun to drive’ DNA and integrates connected functions toward the future of mobility”, said Yoshiki Konishi, the model’s chief engineer. “I want people to experience both the history and the future woven by the Corolla when they drive it.”

JDM-spec Corolla Sport models feature a new emblem that uses the letter “C” as its motif. Customers will get to choose between eight exterior colors, including the new Oxide Bronze Metallic.

The cabin features newly developed bucket seats that offer enhanced lateral support and an sporty design, revealing the new Corolla Sport’s fun-to-drive intentions. A centrally located seven-inch infotainment system is present, just as the NA and Euro-spec models.

Sales of the new Toyota Corolla Sport in Japan will begin in early July, with prices starting from 2,419,200 yen (around $22k in current exchange rates) for both the Hybrid and 1.2 Turbo models.

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  • João Coelho 🇵🇹

    That GPS position is ugly as hell.

    • Christian

      it’s a navigation…And same place in the eu MODEL

  • Brent Morrison

    Better looking than any Subaru WRX lol

  • Jason Miller

    “The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla ‘fun to drive’ DNA…”

    114hp / CVT. Ok then.

  • Vassilis

    How the hell can Toyota offer this car as a sporty version with a straight face?

    • ace_9

      Who said anything about straight face? 😀 This sentence speaks for itself: “The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla ‘fun to drive’ DNA”. They cannot be serious.

    • Infinite1

      They same way they offered the GT86 with a million different “special editions”

  • Evo45

    Weird thing is, they call it Corolla for everywhere else but Europe. Strange times.

  • DMax

    “The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla ‘fun to drive’ DNA”
    “I want people to experience both the history and the future woven by the Corolla when they drive it.”

    • Perry F. Bruns

      So they want people to excitedly deliver pizza.

  • gshemant

    God damn toyota stop denying the states of awd. First the chr and now this.

  • Saviola Seyrenia

    uhh, so the led reflector headlights is the cheaper option than led projector? aren’t all honda cars using that reflector headlights as high tier option?

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    The version without screen looks so cheap. Like a chinese rip off

  • Saviola Seyrenia

    mazda 3 2007 rear

    • Eythan Aldrich

      you mean 2009 rear

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    I love the interior color combos also the AWD

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