Toyota has given the Corolla SX and ZR a safety boost for 2020, adding low-speed crash avoidance to the car's already-impressive array of active safety features.
The hatch already includes potentially life-saving technology like autonomous emergency braking, a reversing camera, and adaptive cruise control as standard.
The addition of low-speed crash avoidance means top-spec Corollas can detect static and crossing objects behind the car up to 15km/h, and automatically hit the brakes if it thinks the driver won't be able to stop in time.
"Drive force suppression only is provided if a collision is avoidable by the driver operating the brake but if driver braking is deemed difficult, the second stage of braking control comes into effect," Toyota says in its press release.
The parking support brake system can be switched off manually if desired.
Beyond the reverse AEB function, SX and ZR models gain rear cross-traffic alert to bolster the existing blind-spot monitoring feature, which sounds a warning buzzer, lights up indicators in the mirrors, and displays a warning on the rear-view camera display if a vehicle is passing behind
Along with the extra safety equipment, the Corolla has gained a new two-tone paint finish. The contrasting exterior combines a black roof, pillars and rear spoiler with Crystal Pearl, Volcanic Red, Oxide Bronze, Silver Pearl, Eclectic Blue or Feverish Red paint.
While the two-tone finish is exclusive to the ZR in both petrol and hybrid forms, Feverish Red paint will also be available as an option on the Ascent Sport and SX variants.
Finally, buyers will be able to order their Ascent Sport petrol with a tyre repair kit instead of the standard full-sized spare, boosting boot capacity by 116L to 333L, and ZR buyers now get an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
According to VFACTS data, the Corolla is sitting on 3137 sales with an 18.5 per cent market share to date in 2019 – putting it behind only the Hyundai i30, which owns 19.7 per cent of the market.
The updated Toyota Corolla line-up will be on offer from November, but Toyota's local division is yet to confirm whether the equipment changes will have any impact on current pricing, telling CarAdvice those details will be announced closer to launch.
The current price list is below.
2019 Toyota Corolla pricing
- Ascent Sport manual - $22,870
- Ascent Sport auto - $24,370
- Ascent Sport hybrid - $25,870
- SX petrol - $26,870
- SX hybrid - $28,370
- ZR petrol - $30,370
- ZR hybrid - $31,870
All prices exclude on-road costs.