While Toyota deserves a big pat on the back for the all-new Corolla range, they're not quite done with it yet. In fact, they have just made a new variant that's aimed squarely at the active lifestyle crowd. It's called the Corolla TREK and it aims to blend a few crossover elements in a practical station wagon body.
No, it doesn't have four-wheel drive, aggressive locking differentials and off-road wheels. It's more of a mild makeover than a full overhaul. It sticks to front wheel drive but it does gain a bit of extra ground clearance (25 mm or about an inch more), which should be good enough for taking on dusty, rough roads. Also, the Corolla TREK is only available in wagon form. In essence, it's a bit like a baby Subaru Outback, sans the all-wheel drive.
They made a couple of changes to the exterior too. The Corolla TREK gets some crossover embellishments. That includes front and rear skid plates (likely faux pieces), thicker body cladding surrounding the entire lower half of the wagon, and bespoke 17" machined alloy wheels. Toyota also included rear privacy glass, fog lamps and LED headlamps in the mix.
As for engines, it's the same as the ones found in the standard (Euro-spec) hybrid models. It starts with a 1.8-liter mill that makes a total output of 122 PS. There's also a 2.0-liter variant with a bit more pep. Combined output for the 2.0-liter Corolla TREK is rated at a more substantial 180 PS. Both are paired to continuously variable transmissions.
For now, it looks like the Corolla wagon will only be offered in select markets, meaning the TREK isn't likely to be offered outside of Europe.