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2004-08-16 14:55

New face for Corolla

Together with the styling changes comes a realignment of the model range.

Buyers can choose from 10 variants in a realigned Corolla range. Furthermore the GLS and GLX derivatives have a number of comfort and convenience features added.

Exterior styling changes include a new frontal treatment with a restyled grille and front bumper. The rear styling has been updated with a new rear light cluster.

Five new metallic colours are added for the Corolla in its latest form. These are: Dark Red Mica, Light Blue Mica, Silver, Champagne, and Dark Green Mica. Three existing colours; Black Mica, Dark Blue Mica, and White complete the eight colour range.

The interior of the Corolla now features a two-tone grey finish across the range for dashboard and door trim panels. Seat trim colours and designs are refreshed across the range.

The GSX premium specification models are now fitted with "Optitron" instrument illumination and have a smoked wood finish on the centre console.

In the new line up, the Corolla 180i GLE is replaced by a new model, the Corolla 180i GLS. The Corolla 180i GLS Auto is also replaced with a new model, the Corolla 180i GSX with a premium specification level.

Comfort and convenience features are enhanced on the GLS and GSX specification models with the radio/CD combination now featuring an integrated 6-disc CD shuttle at this specification level.

The audio system on these models now also features steering wheel mounted remote controls. Power remote mirrors are added to the GLS specification. On the GSX specification variants one-touch power windows are fitted on all four doors.

The Corolla GLS specification now includes a front passenger airbag. A seat belt pretensioner is fitted on the front passenger seat to compliment the SRS airbag system and ensure that the passenger is effectively restrained by the seat belt in the event that the airbag deploys.

The airbag and seat belt pretensioner combination was previously only fitted to the driver's side on Corolla GLS models.

All Corollas are sold with a 5year/90 000 kilometre service plan included in the price. This covers all specified service items as detailed in the Toyota "Book of Life" including parts and labour. Wear and tear items, such as tyres, are excluded.

Warranty cover is for 3 years/100 000 kilometres with roadside assistance provided during the warranty period. In addition warranty protection against corrosion perforation is provided for 3 years.

New Prices

  • 140i R109 323
  • 140i GLE R132 599
  • 140i GLS R146 194
  • 160i GLE R147 975
  • 160i G LS R159 559
  • 160i GLE (Auto) R159 866
  • 160i GSX R177 425
  • 180i GLS R169 002
  • 180i GSX R189 585
  • 180i GSX (Auto) R201 476

  • Wheels24 will have a gallery of the 2004 Corolla later this week.


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