A little over three years after the model’s launch in Japan, Toyota has upgraded the Corolla line-up there. The conventional Corolla (sedan), Corolla Touring (wagon), and Corolla Sport (hatchback) are the three available body styles, and all three have undergone cosmetic, mechanical, and equipment updates.
Starting with the appearance, all three models now have updated LED daytime running lights that are combined into a single element rather than being divided as they were in the past. The Levin marketed in China, which is shared by the Corolla and Corolla Touring, has had its face modified so that the massive lower intake no longer has a honeycomb inlay.
The lower intake still features a wing-like trim piece towards its base and circular fog lamps, but now it is covered in horizontal bars and slats. The puffed-up cheeks and the creased corner part for the fake air inlets continue to be recognizable design elements.
For the Corolla Sport, which is identical to the hatchback that consumers in Europe and the US receive, a more expressive front apron with more noticeable fog light surrounds and an arrow-themed insert for its lower intake have been added. With the exception of some cosmetic trim pieces that are installed depending on the grade selected, the rears of all three models look essentially the same as they did before.
The Corolla models’ interiors seem to be unaltered, however Toyota notes that the available infotainment systems have been updated in terms of software and design. Customers will still have a choice between two display sizes, the 8-inch Display Audio and 10.5-inch Display Audio Plus models, both of which now enable wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.