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2009 Toyota Corolla gets a second engine option
An evolutionary 10th generation

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: front side view.

Corolla gets the 2.4-litre engine option from February 2008.

8 November 2007.

Forty two years after its initial launch in Japan, Toyota's compact Corolla will bring its new edition to celebrate its fortieth anniversary in the United States, where it will be available early next year, with two engine options this time: the 1.8- and 2.4-litre engines.

Fitting above the subcompact Yaris and below the midsize Camry, the redesigned 2009 Corolla and its hatchback sister model Corolla Matrix  - the latter is also sold by General Motors as the Pontiac Vibe - will reach American showrooms in February 2008 as a 2009 model.

2009 Toyota Corolla
Preliminary U.S. Specifications

Body version 4-door sedan
Segment Compact, C segment, lower medium.

Main dimensions



Overall length

178.7 inches 

178.3 inches 
Overall width

69.3 in.

66.9 in.

102.4 in. 

102.4 in. 
Overall height

57.7 in.

58.3 in.
Ground clearance

-5.3 in., 134mm XRS
-5.8 in., 147.3mm S,
Standard, LE, XLE.

5.7 in.

1.8 litre 2.4 litre

Gasoline (petrol)

Cylinders / valves

4 cylinders, 16 valves

Cylinder head

Double overhead camshaft, DOHC

Maximum output

132hp / 6,000rpm

158hp / 6,000rpm

Maximum torque 

128 lb-ft,
173 Nm,
17.7 kg-m
at 4,400 rpm

162 lb-ft,
219 Nm,
22.4 kg-m
at 4,000rpm

Preliminary EPA
fuel economy, city

27 U.S. mpg
32.4 UK mpg
8.71 litres/100 km
11.48 km per litre

22 U.S. mpg
26.4 UK mpg
10.69 litres/100 km
9.35 km per litre

Preliminary EPA
fuel economy, highway

35 U.S. mpg
42.01 UK mpg
6.72 litres/100 km
14.88 km per litre

30 U.S. mpg
36 UK mpg
7.84 litres/100 km
12.75 km per litre


5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic.

5-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic.

Source: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. /

The new 2009 Corolla sedan prices will be announced nearer to launch date. However, the manufacturer's suggested retail prices (June 2007, U.S.) for the current 2008 Corolla sedan range from $14,405 to $16,415.

Since it was launched in Japan in 1966, more than 30 million Corolla units have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best selling cars of all time.

The tenth-generation Corolla sedan comes with dimensions similar to the model it replaces, even with the exactly same wheelbase of 102.4 inches (2.60 metres, see opposite specifications). Toyota describes the major changes in the all-new body, lean shape and increased interior and luggage room, more power and an all-new chassis and suspension.

The new Corolla which competes against models such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3, will come in five grades: Standard, LE, XLE, the sporty S, and the performance-driven XRS.

The top Japanese carmaker indicates that the Corolla’s wide, low profile was developed by Toyota Design in collaboration with styling studios in Turin, Italy. The target was a lower, sportier shape than that of the previous Corolla.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: side view, driving shot.

XRS: standard body kit to enhance the sporty look.

That target drove the decision to move the bottom of the A-pillar forward and the bottom of the C-pillar at the rear (see photos comparisons) to increase the angle of the window glass and aerodynamic performance.

The standard body kit on S and XRS models helps to modify aerodynamics and enhance the Corolla’s sporty look.

Both S and XRS versions get a front underbody spoiler, fog lamps, upper and lower rear spoilers, rocker moldings and engine undercovers for improved air management under the car.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: back side view.

XRS: upper and lower rear spoilers.

Toyota says that while the 2009 Corolla maintains the same headroom, legroom and shoulder room as the previous model, it feels larger, thanks to a design that enhances comfort and improves utility, usability and storage.

A variety of practical storage spaces add convenience with centre console side pockets, a storage box above the usual glove box, front and rear door pockets that can hold 20-ounce bottles (0.56 kg), a console box with a main tray and a smaller accessory tray, an overhead console for sunglasses or garage-door openers, and a rear-seat centre armrest with an integral drink holder.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla S: dashboard and console.

Corolla S: sporty presentation.

Map lights illuminate independently for both driver and front passenger, and to aid in ingress and egress, retractable handgrips are supplied above each door opening.

The Standard, LE and XLE models will be equipped with an all-new 1.8-litre engine.

The 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence), produces a maximum 132 hp at 6,000 rpm )126hp / 6000 rpm in the current 2008 Corolla 1.8) and 128 lb-ft (173 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm (122 lb-ft, 165 Nm / 4200rpm in the current 2008 Corolla 1.8). 

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla: back seat 60/40 functional options.

Loading possibilities with the 60/40 split folding back seat.

Toyota estimates that Corolla models equipped with the 1.8-litre engine will achieve preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings of 27 U.S. mpg (city) and 35 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 8.71 and 6.72 litres/100 km respectively, or 11.48 and 14.88 km per litre.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8-litre engine, and a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) will also be available as an option.

For additional horsepower and torque, a new engine joins the Corolla line-up: the 2.4-litre engine - known also within the Camry and RAV4 engine options - with specific settings designed for the new Corolla XRS application.

The 16-valve DOHC engine with VVT-i produces 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: front view.

2008 (9th generation) Toyota Corolla: front side view.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: side view.

2008 (9th generation) Toyota Corolla: side view.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XRS: back side view. 2008 (9th generation) Toyota Corolla: back side view.

10th gen. 2009 Corolla (left) and (right) 9th gen. 2008 Corolla.

Preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings are 22 U.S. mpg (city) and 30 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 10.69 and 7.84 litres/100 km respectively, or 9.35 and 12.75 km per litre.

The 2.4-litre engine will be paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic one.

Safety features will include in all versions standard driver and front passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags and active headrests for the front seats: when the vehicle is struck from the rear, a cable-actuated mechanism in the active headrest moves the headrest upward and forward to limit the movement of the seat occupant’s head.

While the Toyota Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is standard on all grades of the Corolla, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) and off switch is standard in XRS and optional for the other versions.

2009 (10th generation) Toyota Corolla XLE dashboard and console.

2008 (9th generation) Toyota Corolla dashboard and console.

2009 Corolla dashboard (top) and 9th gen. 2008 Corolla (lower).

Other standard features for all models include a heavy duty rear window defogger, AM/FM/CD audio with four speakers that is also XM satellite capable, an auxiliary audio input jack to listen to music from an exterior audio equipment, air conditioning with air filter, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and 60/40 split folding rear seats.

The sporty S grade will feature standard P205/55R16 tires with full wheel covers, color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers, fog lamps, front sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, black headlamp housing, chrome exhaust tip and AM/FM/CD XM capable audio with six speakers.

In addition to S grade features, the XRS grade adds a rear deck spoiler, P215/45 R17 tires with alloy wheels, sport strut tower brace, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) and an off switch, XRS scuff plate, leather-trimmed shift lever and knob, cruise control and an interior chrome accent.

The list of optional features will include an AM/FM/six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA playback capability, satellite radio (subscription required) and six speakers, a power package that includes power windows and door locks.

Additional options on select grades include JBL Audio system with AM/FM six-disc CD changer with eight speakers and Bluetooth, Navigation system with AM/FM CD with MP3/WMA playback capability and XM satellite radio with XM NavTraffic capable with six speakers, leather-trimmed seats and shift knob, tilt and slide moonroof, VSC with TRAC and cut-off switch.

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