A raft of tech upgrades to the Corolla has put features such as daytime running lights, reverse camera and Bluetooth on the agenda for even the lowliest models of Toyota’s long-running favourite. Mid-pack, a touch screen infotainment display has been added to the 1.6 Sprinter.

On-board gadgetry across the Corolla range now includes:

  • Remote central locking for all models with keyless Smart Entry on Exclusive models
  • Power mirrors and windows (front and rear)
  • Follow-Me-Home Light Control System and now DRLs
  • Ambient temperature indicator
  • On-board computer (TFT Multi-information display screen on Exclusive)
  • 60/40 Split rear seats
  • Airconditioning (Esteem and Prestige)
  • Automatic Climate Control (Sprinter and Exclusive)
  • Leather upholstery on all models apart from the Esteem variants
  • Touch-screen display audio incorporates AM/FM radio, a CD/DVD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with a music streaming facility, and a USB port for the connection of portable music players, with the facility to display iPod album cover art. A Back Guide Monitor is fitted as standard (Prestige, Exclusive and now Sprinter, too) .
  • Esteem models are equipped with a standard audio system, aux inport and USB port
  • Bluetooth hands-free system with steering controls on all models
  • Electrochromatic mirror (Exclusive)
  • Rain sensing wipers (Exclusive)
  • Cruise Control (Exclusive)

The engine line-up comprises the exceptional 1.4 litre D-4D turbo diesel (a 2015 SA Car of the Year finalist) and three petrol engines; a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i unit, a 1.6 litre Dual VVT-i engine and another new powerplant, the 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i unit. All engines are fitted with six-speed manual transmissions, but the 1.6 and 1.8 petrol variants may optionally be mated to Toyota’s new, high-gear, high-efficiency Multidrive S CVT automatic transmission.

And now for the bad news: prices are going up. However, says, Toyota, the value of the extra kit exceeds the increases. Price: from R230 500.