Toyota has restyled and re-engineered its Corolla range in time for the launch of archrival Nissan's new European Almera.
Criticism of the old Corolla's styling has prompted Toyota to try and give the new range more of a family face in line with the larger Avensis. The new car - built at Toyota's factory in Burnaston, England - also gets two new VVT-i engines, a restyled interior and improved handling.
The new engines - in 1.4- and 1.6-liter guises - benefit from Toyota's variable valve timing system. The 1.4-liter engine offers 13 percent more power over the average 1.4-liter engine in the lower-medium class, says Toyota, while maintaining frugal fuel consumption.
Common-rail diesels will be added to the range later in the year. The Corolla made its debut at the recent Brussels auto show.