The Toyota Corolla sedan range has been given a facelift and equipment boost for 2017, which includes new safety and infotainment technology.
The Corolla sedan range has advanced safety equipment available across the range including the belated addition of autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure alert and automatic high beam.
These are now standard on the top-of-the-range ZR variant and a $750 option for SX. If you want these features in the entry level Ascent you’ll have to fork out $1500, but for you’ll also get 10-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels for the extra spend.
For 2017 the Ascent also gains a 7-inch touchscreen display audio system as standard along with a three-dimensional "Optitron" backlit instrument and a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display.
All these new standard features plus the new styling come with a $500 price increase, taking the base-model Corolla sedan’s retail price to $21,240.
The mid-range SX gains satellite navigation as standard while the range-topping ZR comes with bi-LED headlamps.
Cosmetically the 2017 Corolla sedan has been given a mild nip and tuck with the small upper grille now flanked by new headlamp clusters with LED clearance lamps, and a revised front bumper incorporating a larger lower grille.
Rear styling includes new LED tail lamp clusters and chrome highlights.
Inside, the instrument panel has been updated along with a redesigned climate control panel and circular air vents. Other upscale touches include a piano-black centre-cluster surround and chrome-plated ornamentation.
Toyota has also made running improvements to the drivetrain including the 103kW/173Nm 4-cylinder engine and Multidrive S continuously variable transmission (CVT), which it says results in smoother shifting and improved linear off-the-line acceleration.
Handling has been enhanced by suspension improvements including larger-diameter shock absorbers at the front to improve balance between ride comfort and handling stability.
2017 TOYOTA E170 SERIES II COROLLA SEDAN PRICING
Ascent manual: $21,240 (up $500)
Ascent CVT: $23,490 (up $500)
SX manual: $23,820 (up $830)
SX CVT: $26,070 (up $830)
ZR CVT: $31,920 (up $930)