Toyota has given the world's most popular car a sportier look for the all-new model, which has gone on sale in Japan today ahead of its Australian debut at October's 2012 Sydney motor show.
The new Corolla - known as Auris in Japan and Europe - adopts a design language the company calls 'Smart dynamism' and includes sharper body lines, a 55mm-lower height and aggressive styling cues such as the narrowed headlights that integrate with a V-shaped grille and sit above an enlarged central lower air dam.
The latter features contribute to improved aerodynamics and cooling, says Toyota, while the company claims the new Corolla, which is 30mm longer than before, will also be more exciting to drive than its predecessor.
The new Corolla's body is 10 per cent stiffer than that of the outgoing model's, and the hatchback's centre of gravity has been lowered.
Toyota says the more agile new-generation Corolla features a 40mm-lower driving position complemented by a repositioned steering wheel angle to give the driver a greater feeling of sportiness. The front seats have also been designed to better hold the driver in place during cornering, and the steering has been tuned for better response.
Those front seats have thinner seatbacks to help liberate more knee room for rear passengers, and boot space is calculated at 360 litres.
Australian versions of the Toyota Corolla will again be powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, though the petrol motor will gain more power than the current model's 100kW.