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by Tim Beissmann

A new 2.0-litre engine, refreshed exterior and interior styling and price cuts on the low- and mid-spec models are among the highlights of the 2010 Toyota Corolla sedan mid-life upgrade.

The range-topping Ultima sedan becomes the first Corolla in Australia powered by the 3ZR-FE 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Mated to a four-speed automatic, the new engine produces 102kW of power and 189Nm of torque – eight percent more than the 1.8-litre unit.

Also standard on the Ultima is a rear-view mirror reversing camera display, Xenon headlamps and a rear spoiler.

The entire range benefits from the usual external facelift treatment, with new front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, headlamps, fog lamps, rear lamps and reflectors, side mirror mounted indicators and new colour combinations.

Inside, new instrument meters, silver and chrome highlights, upgraded seat fabrics and flat-bottom steering wheels set the new sedan range apart from the previous model.

The Ultima and the mid-level Conquest both get new 16in alloy wheels and a six-CD audio system with 4.3in screen, while the entry-level Ascent keeps its 15in steel wheels and single CD system. All models have MP3/iPod compatibility, Bluetooth, and USB and 3.5mm audio input jacks.

Ultima and Conquest score seven airbags as standard while the Ascent gets just two, with sides and curtains optional. Stability control and traction control are standard across the range.

The Ascent is available with two upgrade packs each worth $750. The “enhanced safety pack” includes side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, while the “cruise pack” adds cruise control, premium gear stick and park brake, and steering wheel with audio controls.

The updated 2010 Toyota Corolla sedan range is on sale now for the following manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Ascent manual $20,990 (-$400)
  • Ascent automatic $22,990 (-$400)
  • Conquest manual $24,490 (-$260)
  • Conquest automatic $26,490 (-$260)
  • Ultima automatic $31,490 (+$800)

All prices are manufacturer’s list prices and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.




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