Coinciding with the nameplate’s 50th anniversary, Toyota has given the Corolla a mild makeover for 2016. Now in its eleventh generation, Toyota has sold over 40 million Corollas worldwide and accounts for 20% of the brand’s global sales.
The updated Corolla now follows the ‘Under Priority and Keen Look’ concept, giving the popular compact sedan a fresher look. Up front, the 2016 Corolla comes with a new slimmer upper grill flanked by completely redesigned headlights with LED daytime-running-lights and LED projectors. Changes at the front are finished off by a revised bumper with large grills that extend to the fog lamp garnish.
On to its side, a new chrome strip is added to the door handles which is said to emphasize the character line giving a “sense of motion”. At the back, New LED tail lamps highlight the rear as they flank a new slimmed down chrome center garnish that further emphasizes the vehicle width. Depending on the trim level, the 2016 Corolla rides in either 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels.
In Europe, the Corolla is available in three powertrains. First is a 1.3 liter gas engine with 97 HP and the second is the familiar 1.6 liter option. In Europe, this engine features both Dual VVT-i and Valvematic, giving it a total output of 130 HP, a 10 HP advantage over the local models. The final engine option is a 1.4 liter D-4D turbodiesel with 88 HP.
For Euro-spec 2016 Corollas, Toyota Safety Sense will be standard across all variants. New safety features such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) will help to prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations by processing information provided by a compact, windscreen head-mounted unit housing both a laser and a camera.
The new Corolla goes on sale throughout Europe this summer. For the ASEAN and Philippine market, the updated version is expected to debut either late 2016 or early 2017.