Toyota launches the new Corolla with fifth generation hybrid electric technology

14 February 2023

The history of the Corolla is an object lesson in Toyota’s kaizen principle – the commitment to continuous improvement. That’s how Corolla has remained a core model in the company’s global line-up and the world’s best-selling nameplate. Corolla has evolved over more than half a century, keeping pace with changing customer tastes and preferences and embracing new technologies for safety, comfort, convenience and connection.

The new Corolla, a development of the current 12th generation range, is faithful to this spirit of innovation and Toyota’s commitment to building ever-better cars. Its status as one of Europe’s best-sellers in the C-segment for compact/mid-size models is strengthened with the introduction of Toyotas’ fifth generation hybrid electric technology – 1.8 and 2.0-litre electrified powertrains that offer more power and a more rewarding drive, yet with improved efficiency.

The new models are equipped as standard with the latest Toyota Smart Connect+ multimedia system, with faster response and greater functionality, plus a fully digital, customisable 12.3-inch combimeter in the driver’s instrument binnacle.

There are also major advances in the Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems, with new and enhanced features that recognise and help the driver avoid a wider range of everyday driving hazards. Safety and multimedia functions are future-proofed, with software updates deliverable over-the-air via the car’s data communications module.

These significant changes go hand-in-hand with refreshed exterior and interior styling details, including new wheel designs, headlights, colour options and upholsteries.

European Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models continue to be built by Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) at its Burnaston plant. Toyota recently announced it is investing around £465,000 in TMUK’s engine factory in Deeside, North Wales, for production of the 1.8-litre hybrid engine for the fifth generation hybrid system featured in new Corolla.

Toyota launches the new Corolla with fifth generation hybrid electric technology


The new Corolla range gains a more refined and contemporary appearance with changes to the front grille mesh pattern, fog light bezels and alloy wheel designs. 

Excel Hatchback and Touring Sports models gain new multi-LED headlights with an Adaptive High-beam System (AHS). A new lighting signature combines seamless daytime running lights and turn indicators in a single J-shaped unit that wraps around the headlight unit. 

The exterior paint choices include new colours inspired by current trends in architecture, product design and fashion. Juniper Blue is the key colour for the Hatchback and Touring Sports, with a vibrant, flaring tone. When viewed close-up, it reveals red undertones which create a fresh effect with subtle changes in colour. Decuma Grey is a timeless shade with wide appeal, its appeal enhanced by dark silver flakes in the paint. 

GR Sport and Excel models can be specified with a bi-tone paint finish, combining the body colour with a contrast black roof, pillars and rear spoiler. Ash Grey and Pure White bi-tone are exclusive to the GR Sport. 

New-design alloy wheels are introduced: 16-inch silver 10-spoke for Icon grade; 17-inch black/machined multi-spoke for Design grade and slim 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheel for the GR Sport, with a dark grey/machined finish. 

For the interior, the mood is more modern and premium with new graphics, trims and embossed patterns that add three-dimensional depth and tactile appeal to the upholsteries, surfaces and finishes. The trim and seat upholstery combinations follow new Dark and Light Harmony themes with co-ordinated colours and finishes to give the cabin a contemporary, elegant feel. LEDs are now used for all the interior lights, giving added brightness but using less power. 

In the GR Sport models, the GR logo is embossed on the front head rest and features on the push-button starter. 


The new Corolla is launched in the UK with four equipment grades: Icon, Design, GR Sport and Excel. Each grade is available in both Hatchback and Touring Sports body styles with a choice of both 1.8 and 2.0-litre hybrid electric powertrains.

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