'There is still a need for an affordable sedan' - The new Toyota Corolla Quest gets more power

Image: Motorpress
Image: Motorpress

A car that defines trends. The first-generation Toyota Corolla Quest (underpinned by the 10th generation Corolla) is one of South Africa's most popular cars and dominates the sedan segment. 

Since 2014, the Japanese manufacturer has sold close to 64 000 Quests.

And with the launch of the new Corolla Quest based on the 11th-generation Corolla, Glenn Crompton, Toyota SA's marketing vice president says: "Understanding that there is still a need for an affordable sedan in our market was one of the driving factors in developing the new Corolla Quest."

READ | How the Toyota Quest defies the sedan trend in SA

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The big change to the 'new' car is that all models will be powered by a 1.8-litre engine and three trim levels, namely Standard, Prestige and Exclusive. There is a CVT 'gearbox' offered with each derivative, a six-speed manual is standard. 

The entry-level Standard model will definitely find favour with fleet owners and Uber drivers as it boasts a matte-black grille and bumper, 15-inch steel wheels and core specification features.

The middle of the range Prestige grade has a 'colour-coded exterior treatment, 16-inch alloy wheels and added comfort ‘spec’.'

While the flagship Exclusive model, adds 'chrome exterior elements, a colour-coded front bumper treatment, and a high-standard specification set.'

There's a high level of standard equipment offered, with all models featuring 'auto door-lock with remote operation, electric windows, air-conditioner, steering wheel switches, follow-me-home headlights, radio/CD with USB, Aux, and a minimum of four speakers.'

The Prestige model adds a touchscreen DVD audio system with six speakers, reverse camera, cruise control, leather steering wheel, combination fabric, and leather seats. While the flagship Quest has auto air-con, a push start with keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights.   

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Image: Motorpress

Corolla Quest range and pricing - 

1.8  R249 900

1.8 CVT R270 400

1.8 Prestige R286 500

1.8 Prestige CVT R296 800

1.8 Exclusive R307 400

1.8 Exclusive CVT R317 700

The prices include three-year or 45 000km service plan with intervals pegged at 12 months or 15 000km, a three-year or 100 000 km warranty is included.

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