Toyota Motor Corporation released images of the 2016 Corolla ahead of its global debut later this year. The facelift version has undergone the much-needed nip and tuck, and is expected to enter the Indian market early next year.
The new face of the car gives an impression of a wider stance. The small grille in chrome has been flanked by new LED headlamp clusters that include LED light guides, and a revised front bumper incorporating a large lower grille. The side profile has been updated with the door handles in chrome trim finish and the vehicle will be available with a choice of new 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels. Rear of the car has undergone minimal touches. The new LED tail lamp clusters and a chrome garnish above number plate are the changes at rear.
The new Corolla will be available in nine body colours, of which Platinum Bronze, Tokyo Red and Earth Bronze new shades. On the safety front, the updated model features Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) that provides information on road ahead using windscreen head-mounted unit housing both a laser and a camera. The TSS also incorporates a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). However, it is not known which of these safety features will be part of the India-spec model.
The new model is expected to continue with the current 1.4-litre diesel engine and 1.8-litre petrol engine in India. Corolla is the most popular vehicle model of Toyota globally. The sedan is being sold in approximately 150 countries and accounting for around 20 percent of Toyota's global sales.