Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted June 22, 2016 10:49
Sleeker, more refined 2017 Toyota Corolla debuts in Russia
After releasing key details of their refreshed C-segment sedan several weeks ago, Toyota has officially unveiled the 2017 Corolla in Russia.
Bearing a more chiseled look, the redesign now furthers the brand's 'Keen Look' and 'Under Priority' design language. Immediately apparent up front is the reworked fascia. It gets a new grill and headlight design reminiscent of the 2016 RAV4. Moreover, it also gets updated LED lighting for better night time visibility.
A more aggressive front bumper is also present, along with the new alloy wheels. Completing the exterior revisions are the tweaked LED taillights, chrome garnish on the trunk and the slightly revamped rear bumper.
Inside, Toyota claims that the refreshed sedan will deliver better ergonomics and refined materials. In terms of trim, the 2017 Corolla gets a mixture of piano black and satin chrome accents throughout the cabin. The instrument panel, on the other hand, gets a new 4.2-inch multi-information display. Round air vents are now present on both ends of the dashboard.
Moving towards the center console, a more flush and neat look was applied on the Touch 2 seven-inch infotainment system and climate control, with the latter now getting touch-sensitive controls. The rectangular aircon vents for the driver and passenger side have been replaced with a circular design.
As stated from our previous report, Toyota also tweaked the suspension system of the 2017 Corolla to deliver a more comfortable ride. The springs and shock absorbers have been set to their most comfortable setting while Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) properties have been improved as well. Toyota added that improvements on the car's NVH were done on the engine compartment, front doors and wheel arches.
The Russian model was debuted with carried over powertrains, a 1.8-liter Dual VVT-i and a 1.4-liter diesel with similar 7-speed CVT and 6-speed manual gearbox options. The Philippine market Corolla comes with the 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter Dual VVT-i engines, which will likely carry over as well.
"The Toyota Corolla is always one step ahead of the expectations of the fans. In each country, the Corolla has individual features and offers customers with exactly what they most needed. Only the highest quality remains unchanged, at each stage of production. New Toyota Corolla, which we present in Russia, perfectly matching the needs of our clients and displays a representation of the compact sedans on a fundamentally different, premium level," said Fumitaka Kawashima, vice president of Toyota Motors, LLC.
The 2017 Corolla is expected to arrive in the Philippine market by the end of the year.