According to the most recent spy shots, the popular Corolla is currently undergoing a facelift. Although the outgoing model has been among the best-selling vehicles on various markets, Toyota plans to give it a host of significant changes for the 2017 model year. The aforementioned images of the test prototype reveal that the 2017 Toyota Corolla is due to adopt a new front end inspired by the Mirai fuel-cell sedan. Once it hits the market, the refreshed Corolla will be up against the latest generation of the Honda Civic and several other formidable rivals.
Official pricing figures for the updated 2017 Toyota Corolla have yet to be released. However, we expect it to go on sale with similar price tags, which means the base Corolla L is likely to start at around $18,000. According to some reports, the 2017 Corolla is due to hit the showrooms in mid-2016.
2017 Toyota Corolla Updates
Despite the test mule’s heavily camouflaged front end, we’ve been able to discern the outline of its new grille. As mentioned, the Corolla’s redesigned front fascia will be reminiscent of the one seen on the recently launched Mirai. So, expect to see a lower bumper as well as new vertical air inlets. Other changes will include slightly reshaped headlights and possibly all-new tail-lights. As for the interior, the 2017 Toyota Corolla is expected to receive a similar number of tweaks inside the cabin. We expect to see more refined materials, several new colors and improved technology such as additions to the infotainment system. However, more specific details have yet to be revealed in the coming months.
2017 Toyota Corolla Engine
When it comes to the drivetrain enhancements, it’s still not clear whether the 2017 Toyota Corolla is slated to receive any tweaks. The current model is offered with two versions of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The L, LE and S Corollas get the variant that produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Now, the Corolla LE Eco models are powered by the version that churns out 140 hp and 126 lb-ft, delivering an impressive fuel economy of up to 42 mpg on the highway. Available transmission options include a four-speed automatic, a six-speed manual and a continuously variable automatic gearbox.