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Two photos that allegedly show the 2016 Toyota Corolla facelift have appeared on Chinese forum mobile01. The car in question differs from that what we’ve seen before, featuring a completely new front bumper with a gaping grille and a set of clear taillamps.

The more rounded front end mirrors the latest American-market Camry and Avalon models rather closely. Considering that the US of A gets its own unique version of the Corolla, moving the rest-of-the-world model closer to the US-only pair would seem like a peculiar move indeed. The body-coloured bar across the grille, however, does remind us of the Vios-based Yaris that is on sale here.

Round the back, the clear-lens taillamps look decent enough compared to the traditional red units that we currently get. The more prominent “character lines” on the rear bumper though, appear very awkward compared to the more cohesive existing design.

Whether this is the real 2016 Toyota Corolla facelift or a mere dealer special of the current model (a real possibility, seeing that the headlamps appear unchanged) remains to be seen. Well find out in due course, but for now, what do you think of this look for the Corolla Altis. Is it better or worse?

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis