2019 Toyota Corolla Sport launched in Japan, AWD available

The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) 2019 Toyota Corolla Sport has been unveiled, giving an indication of how some locally-delivered variants could look when they arrive in August.

A highlight of the new model is Toyota’s new data communication module, which monitors real-time driving data, which enables next-level diagnostics, maintenance, connectivity and remote driving guidance.

An engine that won’t be coming to Australia is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol that is also seen in the C-HR. It develops 85kW and 185Nm, when paired to Dynamic Shift CVT gearbox, or six-speed manual. Another option that probably won’t be available here is all-wheel drive, but the fact it’s available lays the foundation for a possible Ford Focus RS rival in the future.

The other available powertrain is the hybrid system adapted from the Prius, that produces a combined 90kW, by merging a 74kW 1.8-litre petrol engine with a 52kW electric motor and e-CVT.

Corolla chief engineer, Yoshiki Konishi is jubilant about the new model and says:

“The new Corolla Sport continues the Corolla ‘fun to drive’ DNA and integrates connected functions toward the future of mobility. I want people to experience both the history and the future woven by the Corolla when they drive it.”

Other distinguishing elements include the ‘C’ badging, unique to its home market, eight colours including Oxide Bronze Metallic and red leather interior trim inserts. Whether any of this becomes available on local variants will become apparent closer to its release date.