If news from AutocarIndia is to be believed, then the new Corolla is all set to encompass a wider section of the Indian sedan market. According to ACI, Toyota is all set to drop a 1.6L in the Corolla. This way, the Corolla will now also cover the C+ segment.
Now a Teambhp member has spotted this soon-to-be-launched face lifted Corolla in Mangalore. From the images, you must have noticed that this is not a major product overhaul, but a minor facelift.
The headlamps have become sharper along with a new front bumper. The tail lamps have also been given a new look. There is a new rear chrome lip (borrowed from the Etios anyone?)
The interior hasn’t changed much except for some chrome garnish on the steering wheel and on the gear knob. Apart from that, everything pretty much remains the same.
If it is a minor facelift, why is Toyota testing it so extensively? Are the 1.6L rumors indeed true? If they are then expect a major shakedown in the C+ sedan segment. Currently, the C+ sedan segment is dominated by the Honda City. The moment the Corolla enters this segment, all the major contenders such as SX4, Vento, soon-to-be-launched Fiesta, will face severe heat from the brand ‘Toyota’.
Expect the car to go on sale in the next 3-4 months.
Source - Team-Bhp.com