2020 Toyota Corolla update announced for Australia

July 22, 2019

Some updates are on the way for the introduction of the 2020 Toyota Corolla hatch in Australia, with a cool new two-tone colour scheme and more advanced safety tech headlining the refresh.

As shown here, Toyota will be offering a vibrant and sporty two-tone colour scheme with the arrival of the model update. It blends a fashionable black roof and C-pillar with a choice of Crystal Pearl white, Electric Blue, Feverish Red, Oxide Silver, Silver Pearl, or Volcanic Red for the body.

These colour schemes will be available on the flagship ZR variant only, with either the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid or the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol. Feverish Red comes in as an optional colour (without the black roof) for the Ascent Sport and SX as well for the 2020 model.

Aside from the new two-tone option, Toyota is introducing an eight-way power driver’s seat for the updated ZR, while the SX and ZR will come with a new parking support brake system as well as rear cross-traffic alert for the 2020 update. Parking support can be activated at the touch of a button and provides automatic braking at up to 15km/h, helping to improve safety when parking.

Lastly, it seems Toyota has listened to feedback about the boot size of the new Corolla. For the update the company will offer an optional tyre repair kit in place of a standard full-size alloy wheel for the Ascent Sport variant. Ticking this option sees boot volume grow by 116 litres, to 333L. Speaking about the update, Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said:

“When we launched the all-new 12th-generation Corolla hatch late last year, it marked a bold new direction for Corolla. Now this update delivers an even more exciting design aesthetic, greater safety and enhanced comfort to further ensure Corolla stands out from the crowd.”

Toyota Australia says the updated model will go on sale in November this year. Prices and final specs will be announced closer to launch.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.