Toyota has announced a mid-cycle update to the Corolla for 2016 to coincide with the model’s 50th anniversary. The Corolla has sold over 40 million cars globally in 150 countries and regions. It amounts to about 20% of the Japanese automaker’s total sales and regarded as the brand’s most popular model as well.
Styling updates for the 2016 Toyota Corolla give emphasis to width and prestige based on the 'Under Priority and Keen Look' concept. 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. It is finished off by a revised bumper with large grills that extend to the fog lamp garnish.
A new chrome strip is added to the door handles giving emphasis to the character line to give a sense of motion. It will be available with either 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels depending on trim.
New LED tail lamps highlight the rear as they flank a new slimmed down chrome center garnish that further emphasizes the vehicle width.
Toyota has yet to reveal powertrain details for the updated Corolla. For the Philippine market, the Corolla Altis is powered by either a 2.0-liter Dual VVT-i engine mated to a 7-speed CVT or a 1.6-liter Dual VVT-i engine also mated to a 7-speed CVT.
For the European market, 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.
Three new colors will also be offered for the 2016 Toyota Corolla: Platinum Bronze, Tokyo Red and Earth Bronze.
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.