Toyota’s new Corolla 1.4-litre D-4D is in pole position for the 1 September registration. Available in T2 and T3 grades in three and five-door hatchback and saloon body styles, it brings new high levels of fuel economy and diesel engine performance to the Corolla, yet meets the tougher Euro IV emissions standards which are due to come into force next year.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but five-door hatchback versions can be equipped with Toyota’s Multi-mode Manual Transmission (MMT) as a £500 option. This system gives the driver the choice of fully automatic or sequential manual gear selection, according to preference or road conditions. When driving in normal automatic mode, MMT can improve fuel consumption and reduce carbon dioxide exhaust emissions by about two per cent (in combined cycle driving), compared to the manual transmission, thanks to the precision and efficiency of the system’s gearshift patterns.
The new engine develops 89bhp, enabling the Corolla to move from rest to 62mph in 13.3 seconds (14.5 MMT) and achieve a top speed of 112mph, performance that is not at the expense of economy: fuel consumption on the European combined cycle is 57.6mpg (58.9 with MMT) and CO2 emissions are rated at 127g/km.
These figures mark a substantial improvement over the 89bhp 2.0-litre D-4D engine which the new unit replaces. Although based on the 1.4 block used in the Yaris range, it has been substantially changed with more than 50 components that are either new or re-engineered. Key changes include the fitting of a catalyst to the Exhaust Gas Recirculation cooler, which helps reduce nitrogen oxides emissions and meet the Euro IV standards. Performance is aided by a new variable nozzle turbocharger that strengthens low speed torque and high-speed output.
For an extra touch of luxury, Toyota Corolla T Spirit and T Sport models are being offered with the option of leather upholstery, styled to suit each car’s character.
From 1 September the high-specification T Spirit can be equipped with full black leather finish, contrasting tastefully with the silver dashboard finish and chrome-effect door handles.
At the same time the T Sport will be available with a two-tone combination of black leather with grey Alcantara suede-effect upholstery, with bright red stitching to match the sporting detail around the leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift gaiter. The leather option is priced £1,350 for both models.Published 7 August 2004