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Toyota’s high-selling Corolla hatchback is set to boost its popularity in Europe and possibly Australia with the introduction of a variant powered by a BMW turbo diesel engine.

UK car magazine Autocar is reporting that Toyota insiders have revealed the next-generation Auris – the European badge for the Corolla – due about 2014 will be one of the cars to benefit from the recent technology-share agreement between the Japanese car maker and BMW.

BMW is to provide Toyota with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesels in return for a joint effort on lithium-ion battery development.

It’s believed Toyota will not share its hybrid know-how with BMW, while the diesel engines will not be permitted for use in Lexus models.

It’s likely the next Corolla would get the 1.6-litre BMW diesel that is used in the likes of the Mini Cooper D models and smaller or entry-level BMWs.

The 1.6L produces 82kW of power and 270Nm of torque. While it’s 18kW short of the 100kW provided by the current Corolla’s 1.8-litre petrol engine, its significant amount of extra pulling power (plus 95Nm) should guarantee better driveability.

The diesel also delivers official fuel consumption of 3.8L/100km in the Mini Cooper hatchback compared to the Corolla’s 7.3 (both manual gearboxes).

Toyota Australia has already told CarAdvice that it would import diesel-powered versions of the Corolla and Camry if they became available for the local market.




  • Mad Max

    Knowing Toyota they will bolt a 4 speed auto to the diesel and flog it like that…

    • 3D4

      Well if there is enough sheeps to buy them – why not..?

      But personally I think the engines comes with tranny as well, so no more 4spd auto… 

    • guest

      that’s why you get it in manual.

  • Lindsay

    Can we stop calling torque “pulling power”?

    • Camelot

      Cos you know so much about pulling……..

    • Shak

      Why? Torque is the force that essentially pulls the car along.

      • Lindsay

        Power is power, and torque is not.  That is why they’re called different things and measured in different units.

  • crouchy35

    That old 100kw VVTI unit sure has been reliable, lets hope the BMW diesel can uphold the reputation.

  • Phil

    I wonder if this will mean the end to Toyotas awful 3-6 month service intervals (who the hell wants to take their car to the garage that frequently?). BMWs intervals are 12-24 months.

  • AndyGF

    Let me guess… Now that a Toyota diesel finally claims 3.8 L/100km the ‘soothsayers of misfortune’ will all of a sudden believe their fuel index figures… We have been saying it all along!

    “It’s believed Toyota will not share its hybrid know-how with BMW, while
    the diesel engines will not be permitted for use in Lexus models.” -What did I say a few weeks ago? BMW ‘needing’ toyota’s hybrid technology… riiiight. That is like adding manure to chocolate mousse for a little bit of texture.

  • Lucii Pooky

    Its Shame such a good diesel will be wasted on a average car .

  • AndyGF

    Honda is missing out on an opportunity here too… send asimo to Stuttgart to roll over and beg a bit, they might snag a few Mercedes-Benz engines and will finally be competitive again.

    If they are quick and they pack asimo some lederhosen and a pig-tail wig they might throw in a few 240kw B25 AMG four potters for the next type aRrgh; unfortunately it will be a JDM release only, but at least the fans will know what the next ‘must have’ boot-lid accessory is, an AMG badge.

  • Pauly

    Huh? Toyota already sell the current Corolla with a Diesel engine…..

    Toyota Europe and New Zealand have the Corolla with Diesel as we speak.

    Its just Toyota Australia dragging their feet.

    • ToyotaGuru

      Toyota Australia generally are dragging their hands Pauly. :D

      • Alpha101

        Their knuckles

  • Keithheron9

    New Zealand already have a diesel corolla just not a BMW diesel

  • Anthony Mindel

    South Africa allready has the diesel Corolla sedans.

  • Aaa

    I bet you the Toyota powered diesel Corolla is a lot more reliable and less gimmicky than the BMW powered diesel Corolla. They did it so that more Europeans buy it, for the BMW fanbois, marketing and tax reasons. 

  • Dennis

    Hopefully BMW’s Diesels don’t leak Oil like their Petrol counterparts….

  • James Cortez

    Good deal, hope prices won’t be jacked up

  • LowRezFez

    The use of DPFs on modern diesels has put me off buying one.  Sure they offer great fuel economy, however this comes with a number of drawbacks:
    1. You need to do sustained higher RPM driving to regen the DPF (Burn off the soot), painful if you have to go out of you way to blast down the freeway every month own so.
    2. The DPF is classed as a consumable so there is no warranty coverage on it.
    3. The cost of this so called consumable… how about $3,200 plus GST plus fitting if you happen to drive a VW.  (It is built into the catalytic converter, so you need to replace the converter and DPF together).  I understand that its much the same price if you drive other makes given that it is a Bosch system.

    For me, the high up front cost and the risk of having a DPF fail during ownership makes owning a modern diesel just not worth it.  If you want great fuel economy buy a hybrid or simply stick to petrol.

    • brain

      I’ve done over 150000ks on my diesel passat.  Haven’t given a second thought to the particle filter.  Comments like yours are from ignorance.  And warranty coverage?  There are no wearing parts.  The only reason they would need to be replaced is if they were physically damaged in an accident.  Just drive a modern diesel and you will wonder why they still bother building petrol powered vehicles.

      • Basil Exposition

        Good to know you are having a good run with your car. I have heard the opposite experiences from owners that have had to pay thousands to replace a prematurely failed DPF. I just don’t like having an unwarrantable ownership risk… Others can make up their own mind up on this one.

  • save it for the track

    yeah a VW group petrol like the 1.8 118tsi (not the 1.4 twincharged) seems like a good go, like in Passat, Audi, and Skoda… only a litre or so worse quoted fuel economy as compared to the VW group 2l turbodiesel

  • save it for the track

    stand corrected. can range between 1-3l difference depending on model.  With the highest comobned total quoted for the 1.8l around 7.3L, I’d take that ‘sacrifice’ in fuel economy without having to worry about the diesel filter concern.

  • Sumpguard

       Looks like Toyota are no longer sitting back waiting for the onslaught from Korea. The diesel will make it here because not having one is costing them sales!

  • ratt

    The 1.6 is a PSA (Peugeot/Citreon) engine used by BMW for MINI.

    • ratt

      From this year atleast.

  • Mustafa

    I guess Toyota will use CVT gearbox with 1.6 diesel engine and corolla will be the best car of the year, surely!