Toyota South Africa has refined its most popular passenger car, the Corolla, even more. The new headlamp design is thinner and sharper and the bumper with integrated trapezoidal grille and longer fog light bezels, gives the Corolla a strong, purposeful stance.Other modifications include the changed alloy wheel design and new side mirrors with  integrated turn signals. Inside changes include a new instrumentation panel, new steering wheel that is adjustable for height and reach and now has buttons for the  audio and Bluetooth system on the Advanced and Exclusive derivatives.

Higher specification levels

Air-conditioning, speed-sensing automatic door locks, a radio/CD player with full iPod, USB and MP3 connectivity, at least two airbags, and adjustable steering wheel, ABS with EBD and braking assist, a high mounted LED stop lamp and front electric windows are now all standard features, even on the entry level new Corolla.

The upgraded Corolla is now available in four grade levels – Impact, Professional, Advanced and Exclusive.

10 to choose from

Ten models are on offer and the range starts with the 1.3 Impact version at R177 700 and is topped by the 2-litre D-4D Exclusive, with the most powerful engine and the longest list of specifications, at R282 000.

There is a choice of three petrol and one diesel engine. The highly acclaimed Optimal Drive 1.3-litre, four cylinder, petrol engine; the willing 1.6-litre, 16-valve, petrol engine and a new 2-litre, 16-valve, petrol engine. Toyota has retained the powerful Optimal Drive 2-litre D-4D diesel engine. The engines deliver power through a 6-speed manual, or in some models, a four speed automatic gearbox.