Toyota Corolla: Spacious and refined interior

Toyota Corolla: Spacious and refined interior

14.02.2019: All-new spacious, modern and cohesive interior offering the highest levels of visual and tactile quality Ergonomically excellent driver’s cockpit area with slimmer dashboard with wider, higher centre console

    All-new spacious, modern and cohesive interior offering the highest levels of visual and tactile quality


    Ergonomically excellent driver’s cockpit area with slimmer dashboard with wider, higher centre console


    More engaging driving position and newly developed front seats


    Interior of Touring Sports tailored for European customers with focus on high practicality






The new Corollamodel range showcases an all-new interior designed to create a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin environment in which new textures, colours and trim combine to offer the highest levels of visual and tactile quality.



Key to the Corolla interior’s feeling of spaciousness is a new instrument panel design which is 24 mm slimmer overall. The resultant reduction in height of the upper panel area reduces the perceived mass of the panel itself, and improves forward visibility whilst still allowing for a lowering of the front seat hip point to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity and offer a more engaging driving position.



Conversely, the centre console has been made 42 mm wider and 22 mm higher to both improve switchgear and gear lever ergonomics and also enhance the wrap-around feel of the driver’s cockpit area. Simultaneously, the centre console armrest height has been optimised, and its sliding range increased by 20 mm for greater occupant comfort.



The ergonomic excellence of the driver’s cockpit area is further enhanced by new, steering wheel design featuring rim heating and an optimised switch layout. A range of new switchgear and instrumentation completes the Human Machine Interface (HMI).



Fully described in the Premium Comfort and Convenience chapter, this includes a new driver’s instrument binnacle incorporating a new 7” 3D-effect panel or a Multi-information display, a new, 10” colour head-up display, a new 8” central multimedia display, an electronic parking brake, a wireless phone charging pad and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.



A revised front seat design features changes to both the seat back and cushion springs and the optimisation of urethane pad thickness. In combination, these measures achieve a better driving posture with wider pressure dispersal for enhanced comfort and reduced long-haul fatigue.



Standard on High grade Hatchback and Touring Sports models, a newly developed front sports seat features thin and wide shoulder supports which overlap solid, thick side bolsters to combine a thin seat design with excellent holding performance.



Rear passenger comfort has been increased through new seat cushion material for the more even distribution of occupant weight over the cushion area, and dedicated rear air vents.



The Touring Sports and Sedan models’ long wheel base has allowed for an increase in the front-to-rear seat couple distance of 48 mm to 928 mm, providing best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom.



The Corolla’s all-new interior design is made all the more cohesive and unified in appearance through the use of high visual and tactile quality materials and trim finishes, including satin chrome plating and paint, piano black inserts, and synthetic and genuine leather and stitching.



Featuring Black or Cool Grey interior colour schemes, the Hatchback and Touring Sports offer a choice of fabric, Alcantara or genuine leather seat upholstery.



The new Sedan’s interior is available with a choice of fabric or partial leather seats in a Black or Beige colour scheme, for a more prestigious atmosphere.






Expanded Versatility for Corolla Touring Sports



Particular attention has been paid to the interior of the Touring Sports version, which has been specifically tailored to the European market, offering customers sensory quality of the highest order.



A generous, 598 litre VDA loadspace incorporates numerous features for practicality and convenience.



The rear seats may be folded down by remote lever operation for a fully flat loadspace. A hands-free kick sensor is now available for operation of the power tailgate, activated by sliding a foot under the central area of the rear bumper. Its opening has been extended by 10 mm.



The repositioning of the rear shock absorbers has allowed for a simplification of the deck side wall trim structure. This not only maximises loadspace width and enhances loading ease, but also makes side wall storage pockets available behind the rear wheel housings on both sides of the deck.



The load surface itself features a two (upper and lower) position deck, which may be opened and closed in the upper position as if hinged from the rear seatbacks. Fitted as standard on all grades, it is also fully reversible with carpet on the upper face and a resin-finish underside for wet or dirty use.



The deck under-space has been enlarged and fully carpeted, and features detachable side separators. Convenience is further improved through the adoption of the world’s first LED compartment lamps on both sides of the loadspace, a detachable, one-touch retractable tonneau cover and aluminium anti-slide rails on High grade versions.

 




Vincent Dewaersegger, photo Toyota

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