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The 2017 Toyota Corolla facelift is scheduled to make its debut in Turkey later this month. Ahead of its reveal, Toyota has released several new images of the refreshed C-segment sedan, along with a little more information on what’s been updated.

Unlike the North American version that was revealed in March, the Corolla here doesn’t get a bold new makeover. Instead, the facelift follows the brand’s “Keen Look” and “Under Priority” design language, which introduces a softer, more contemporary front fascia, with C-HR-esque LED headlamps (with LED DRL strips), and a smaller upper grille.

A touch of aggression can be seen on the slits located at the corner of the bumper, beside the round fog lamps and the widened radiator grille. At the rear, there is now a thinner chrome trim piece that links the LED tail lamps featuring new graphics.

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Moving inside, the dashboard layout appears similar to that of the outgoing model, with a few changes. Firstly, the centre stack has been redesigned, with the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system now installed within a new housing that gives a more “flushed” look.

Just below it, you’ll find new switchgear for the air-conditioning system, followed by a revised centre console, with what looks to be a covered stowage space. Elsewhere, Toyota says that it has improved the quality of materials used in the cabin. The instrument cluster also receives a 4.2 inch multi-info display screen as well.

Beneath the updated bodywork, Toyota claims it has improved the ride quality of the Corolla thanks to enhancements made to its suspension – softer dampers and new springs. The car’s electric power steering has also been fiddled with to provide sharper turn-in and better feedback. Cabin insulation also gets a bump for a quieter time on the road.

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As previously reported, the Corolla gets a huge bump in terms of safety. Standard equipment on top-spec cars for the Australian market will include a pre-collision system (PCS), lane departure alert (LDA) and automatic high beam (AHB).

No details have been released about the Corolla facelift’s engine and gearbox. In Malaysia, the Corolla Altis is offered with a 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre engine with 139 PS and 173 Nm of torque, and a 3ZR-FE 2.0 litre unit with 145 PS and 187 Nm. Both are paired to a CVT transmission with seven virtual ratios.

The ASEAN market will receive this version of the Corolla rather than the North American model. However, it remains unknown if we’ll get all the bells and whistles mentioned here, and when it will come to Malaysia. For now, what do you think of the Corolla?