Toyota Corolla is a series of compact sedans produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. It has a huge following around the world for its comfort, sleek design and good performance. Over the years, it has gone through several upgrades and its latest generation available in Pakistan is the 11th generation Toyota Corolla. The 12th generation Toyota Corolla has been introduced globally but is not yet available in Pakistan.
Introduced to the world in 1966, Toyota Corolla has become one of the best selling cars worldwide. With its compact design and cost-efficiency, it became instantly popular over the years. Corolla became the world's best-selling car in 1997, beating its biggest competition, the Volkswagen Beetle.
In August 2021, Toyota celebrated for achieving the landmark of selling 50 million Corolla cars worldwide. Its key features include fuel efficiency, comfortable ride, and affordability. Due to these features, it has amassed a loyal following of customers who take pride in owning a Corolla and enthusiastically wait for its newer generations.
Toyota came to Pakistan in 1989 as a joint venture company and launched the first Toyota Corolla car in Pakistan in 1993. Since then, it has stayed Pakistan’s favorite throughout the years.
It was the 7th generation Corolla that was first launched and locally assembled in Pakistan and it instantly took over the Pakistani market. It was produced in Pakistan up to 2002, which is the longest period for a locally assembled Toyota model in the world. After that, its popularity in Pakistan kept on growing.
In 1995, Toyota introduced its next generation of Corolla. With a brand new four-cylinder 1.8 liter DOHC aluminum-body engine and a rounder exterior, the 8th generation Corolla displayed major upgrades.
Launched in 2000, the 9th generation Corolla was ahead of its time with smart security features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control system. It also had a revolutionized sleek design.
Following that, the 10th generation Corolla was introduced in Pakistan in 2009 with a wide variety of engines ranging from 1.3 liters and 1.8 liters for the petrol variant and 2.0-liter for the diesel variant.
Despite tough competition, its sales have grown exponentially since its introduction. In 2021 alone, an increase of 82.51 percent was seen in the sales of Toyota Corolla in Pakistan.
Toyota Corolla 2022
The 11th generation Corolla 2022 is the latest in Pakistan. It had its design reimagined with a futuristic exterior and more spacious interior. Its production started in 2013, and it went through two face-lifts, one in 2017 and the other in 2022. The latest 11th generation Toyota Corolla comes in six different variants.
The 1.3L variants of the 11th generation Toyota Corolla were discontinued in 2019. Pakistan is one of the few countries where the 1.3L variant was introduced, which was a huge hit but IMC discontinued it and replaced it with Toyota Yaris. Meanwhile, Toyota Corolla received a face-lift in 2017 initially and then again in 2021.
The 2017 upgrades included minor changes such as chrome addition to front and rear bumper along with seatbelt alert, auto-dimming rear view mirror and straightforward infotainment options. The 2022 modifications in Toyota Altis X 1.6 Special Edition only came as refreshers as there were no major changes introduced. Instead, a choice of beige and all black interior has been provided.
Toyota Corolla Exterior
2022 Toyota Corolla exterior features a brand new modern and premium design language. The front end houses sleek narrow side swept headlights, a large grille with a chrome accent and a trapezium air intake. The rear end has sleek sharp side swept tail lights, a large rear bumper, and a chrome trim piece running the length of the trunk.
The Altis 1.8L CVTi stands out with an X Package Emblem at the rear end.
All variants of the Toyota Corolla 2022 feature almost identical styling. Toyota Corolla exterior has a unique design language that allows it to stand out amongst others in its class. The Special Edition also has a sunroof while the X Package has a sunroof, moonroof and fog lights.
Toyota Corolla Interior
Toyota Corolla 2022 interior comprises of black and beige plastic trim pieces. There is a choice of opting for an all black interior in the Corolla Altis Grande 2022. The front and rear seats in Altis 1.8L CVTi are covered in ivory fabric while those in Altis Grande come in leather.
Standard features of the base variant include air conditioning, infotainment system, power steering, Eco meter and tachometer. The higher variants have further useful features to improve safety and navigation such as satellite navigation, multifunction steering wheel switches, cruise control, front and rear camera, paddle shift, hill start assist and traction control.
Some other features include leather upholstery, glove box lamp and rear USB charging point. Moreover, the rear seats can be split to increase cargo space. Toyota Corolla 2022 cabin is very spacious, practical and luxurious.
A notable improvement is the addition of two front airbags for better safety. The seatbelt warning is also included in the new upgrades as well as auto-dimming rear view mirror is installed for a more comfortable driving experience in the dark.
The latest inclusion of a push-button start/stop option in Toyota Corolla 2022 makes it more modern. The upgrades also include straightforward infotainment controls and standard Android Auto for a fun-filled ride. The X package also has vehicle stability control and driving modes.
The Toyota Corolla 2022 sedan has a 1.8 litre four-cylinder base engine which produces 138 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm and 173 Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. It also uses standard continuously variable automatic (CVT) to send power to the front wheels.
The other option available is the 1.6-liter four-cylinder which generates 120 hp @ 6000 rpm and a torque of 154 Nm @ 5200 rpm. It has a 4-speed automatic transmission. The I-4 cylinder engine has low fuel consumption which makes it a suitable option for daily use. Both the variants have dual VVTI technology.
Toyota Corolla 2022 can achieve a mileage of 12 km/L in the city and 14 km/L on the highway which is a fairly good mileage for a sedan car.
Corolla Ride & Handling
Toyota Corolla 2022 provides a smooth ride with balanced handling but the body roll of these models is a lot more than their competitors. The strong brakes and light steering make the ride effortless. The 2022 models are also more agile than their predecessors but have a base level performance as compared to their rivals. The brakes are easy to operate but do not provide outstanding performance in tests.
Toyota Corolla Maintenance
Corolla is not a new name for the Pakistani market so spare parts for Toyota Corolla 2022 are easily available all over Pakistan. Due to its long presence in the market, it is easier to get repairs and inspection by any mechanic.
The main Toyota Corolla 2022 competitors are Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra as they both fall in the same cost bracket.
Honda Civic has a turbo engine which is a great option for consumers who prefer sporty cars. Honda Civic’s looks are also more popular than the Corolla 2022.
Hyundai Elantra provides more fuel capacity with several intelligent car features such as wireless charging, dual zone auto air conditioning, automatic headlights, smart door handles, adjustable back seats and four drive modes.