Over in Europe, Toyota Corolla Touring Sports customers can now opt for a more rugged crossover-styled version of the wagon. The Corolla Trek, as it is called, is a collaboration between the automaker and bicycle manufacturer Trek and is very much aimed at the active lifestyle crowd.

Available for the Touring Sports in three powertrain guises (1.2 litre turbo, 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre hybrid), add-ons bump up not just the styling, but also the ride height on the variant, with the Trek sitting 20 mm higher than the standard Touring Sports.

Essentially, this one takes the fight to the likes of the Active version of the Mk4 Ford Focus on the Continent. While it sits 10 mm lower than its Ford rival, the Corolla Trek features similar dress-up elements, adding on protective wheel arch and side cladding as well as front/rear plates.

Other exterior styling details include a honeycomb front grille, rear privacy glass, fog lamps, LED headlamps and bespoke 17-inch machined alloy wheels. A Trek logo identifies the variant

Inside, the variant gets new two-tone textile upholstery and decorative wood-finish elements for the dashboard trim. The Trek logo also finds its way on to the door sills. Standard fit items include a seven-inch TFT infotainment screen, seven-inch colour TFT display for the instrument cluster as well as the latest version of the automaker’s Safety Sense suite of driver assist kit.

The Corolla Trek was first previewed during the La Vuelta bicycle race in Spain that ran from August 24 to September 15, although it ran virtually unnoticed due to livery. The Toyota and Trek partnership will see 16 Corolla Treks, all 2.0 litre hybrid versions, being provided to the Trek-Segafredo World Tour team for use during European bicycle racing events.