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2016-03-29 13:00

RADICAL NEW COROLLA: Toyota SA says a refreshed Corolla will arrive in SA in 2017. Pictured above is the US version. Image: Toyota

New York - The Toyota Corolla is undoubtedly a global success for the Japanese automaker but as is the case with all cars in the motoring world, it, too, needs a tip and tuck every now and then.

Launched in 2013, the current Corolla is set to undergo a facelift later in 2016.

Toyota South Africa says the refreshed version will arrive locally in 2017.

What to expect

Though the American market will receive a different model, indications are hinting that South Africa may get the same design treatment as the rest of the world.

The headlights will be redesigned with new LEDs. The upper grille will be smaller than the lower grille, with the latter stretching the entire width of the front. 

The bumper also sports a new look and the bonnet has been reshaped.

At the rear the Toyota Corolla will not look very different to the current car, with the tail lights sporting LED clusters.


Options include 16- and 17" alloys, as well as three new body colours: Platinum Bronze, Tokyo Red and Earth Bronze.

The facelifted Toyota Corolla will be available with a raft of safety features from the Toyota Safety Sense bin.

Some features buyers can expect are Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

No technical specs are available as yet though engine options should remain unchanged. Six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic gearboxes should be available from launch.

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