While the Vios may be the best-selling Toyota--or any model for that matter--in our market, for the rest of the world the Corolla is still the Japanese brand’s sales king. This compact car accounts for about 20% of Toyota’s global sales.
Now, the number one automaker in the world has updated its popular model, and it’s an aggressive makeover. The front has been redesigned to make the stance wider, and to impart a more prestigious look. What’s immediately noticeable are the new LED headlight clusters, new LED light guides, and a revised bumper with a large lower grille.
In the back are new taillight clusters and a new chrome garnish. The alloy wheels are also new; they complement the Corolla well.
In what could be a first in its segment, this refreshed model gets Toyota Safety Sense. As some of you might recall, this is the feature that prevents or mitigates collisions via a windshield-mounted unit that houses a laser and a camera. You can actually see it in the photo. Toyota says this is a model-wide implementation, so we’ll have to see if that’s true if and when Toyota Motor Philippines brings this in.
Included with Toyota Safety Sense are a pre-collision system, a lane-departure alert, a road-sign assist, and automatic high beam.
With the new Honda Civic arriving soon, the compact segment is heating up again. Our market’s Corolla Altis could certainly use all the help it can get.