2017 Toyota Corolla Facelift Russia-04

Besides Turkey, Russia has also received the facelifted 2017 Toyota Corolla that we first saw in March. By the way, this is the Corolla for the “rest of the world”, not to be confused with the North American facelifted car that was also recently revealed. The US market has been getting bolder designs for the Corolla and Camry that might not be preferred elsewhere.

The smart-looking facelift is as per what we’ve seen so far, with a slimmer grille and headlamp treatment. LED headlamps are available, and they are underlined by a strip of LED daytime running lights. The front bumper is also new, now featuring vertical slits on the edges for a bolder, more aggressive look. New LED tail lamps and a slimmer chrome garnish adorn the rear. Turbine-style multi-spoke rims complete the package.

The Corolla, which is Russia’s best-selling nameplate, gets unique adaptations for the local market. It comes with higher ground clearance (150 mm) and a bigger washer tank, among other things.

2017 Toyota Corolla Facelift Russia-01

Inside, the basic architecture of the dash remains, but the centre stack has been redesigned and the side air con vents are now round items. Also new are the meter panel (with a new 4.2 inch colour multi-info display), the gearshift panel and the AC control panel. The digital clock, a Toyota trademark of sorts, has been moved down from between the central AC vents to a position next to the head unit.

That’s new too. The Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system touchscreen size has grown from 6.1 inches to seven inches wide. New and softer materials are reported, and the soft panel with stitching underlining the AC panel is obvious. Rear vents and a 12V outlet cater to those at the back. Curiously, the new dash design is similar to the North American model’s, but US cars retain the high digital clock position.

The top Russian-spec Corolla gets keyless entry with push start button, a reverse camera, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, which is valuable in that region.

Three engines are available there, a 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i unit with 99 hp/128 Nm, a 1.6 litre Valvematic with 122 hp/157 Nm and a 1.8 litre with 140 hp and 173 Nm. The 1.8L can only be had with a CVT gearbox, the 1.3L is six-speed manual only, but 1.6L buyers have a choice between MT or AT. The 1.8L CVT does 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The slowest to 100 km/h is the 1.3L MT, at 12.6 seconds. Not in Russia, but Turkey gets a 1.4 litre D-4D diesel motor with 90 PS and 205 Nm from 1,800 to 2,800 rpm.

Earlier, Toyota said that it has improved the ride quality of the Corolla thanks to softer dampers and new springs. The sedan’s electric power steering has also been tweaked for sharper turn-in and better feedback. Cabin insulation has also been improved upon

The Russian-market Corolla will be imported from Toyota’s Turkish plant. Prices have not been announced, but commentators expect higher prices than the outgoing pre-facelift car, which sells for 891,000 (RM54,445) to 1.2 million roubles (RM75,294). ASEAN will also get this version of the Corolla Altis to fight the tenth-gen Honda Civic that’s stealing all the C-segment limelight. Should be reaching our market in 2017.

Pics from Artemachkasov.com via Drive2.ru

GALLERY: Toyota Corolla facelift, European-spec

GALLERY: Current Toyota Corolla Altis