Toyota USA refreshes the Corolla for 2021, reveals limited-run Apex Edition

Toyota appears to be busy making their already cool sedans look even way cooler now. Aside from launching the refreshed Camry and Avalon, Toyota USA also revealed the 2021 Corolla. Like its bigger sibling, the compact sedan gets a bolder and more discerning exterior.

All well and good, but what really caught out attention was the limited Corolla Apex Edition. Only 6,000 examples will be built in total and all will feature a bespoke exterior, upgraded suspension, and 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine.

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A sporty, aerodynamic exterior comes as standard on the 2021 Corolla Apex Edition. It consists of a black body kit that is complemented by bronze accents, a front spoiler, fog light covers, side moldings, and a rear diffuser that aid in high-speed stability. Those that further want to make their Corolla cooler can add the optional aero trunk spoiler as well.

Lightweight 18-inch flow-forged aluminum wheels, meanwhile, give the Apex Edition a sportier appearance. Each wheel is also lighter by 1 kg compared to standard cast alloy wheels. The exterior can also be painted in a two-tone finish, with the roof finished in Black Sand Pearl.

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As for the interior, it will come with premium fabric upholstery, heated front seats, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support, push-button start, an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and an optional Premium Audio Package that adds a 9-speaker JBL sound system.

Under the hood of the Apex Edition is a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force inline-four engine. It benefits from D4-S fuel injection, VVT-iE intelligent variable valve timing, and a 13:1 high-compression ratio. The result is an engine that pushes out 169 PS at 6600 rpm, along with 205 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. Power is then sent to a Dynamic Shift CVT or a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT).

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Exclusive only to the Apex Edition is a unique track-tuned suspension. It gets a different set of coil springs that lower its ride height by 0.6 inches and increases the spring rate, specially-tuned dampers, and solid stabilizer bars with increased rigidity. With it, Toyota says the Apex Edition increases roll stiffness by 47% in the front and 33% in the rear.

Like the 2021 Camry and Avalon, this special edition is only meant for the US market. Only 120 units will have the manual gearbox while the rest will come with the Dynamic Shift CVT. Perhaps Toyota can offer the Apex Edition elsewhere for other markets like the Philippines under a different name.

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We can only wish that such a model be offered here in the country.