A facelifted version of the Toyota Corolla sedan has been spied testing in the US this week, ahead of a premiere that could occur in the coming months.
In its current form, the Corolla sedan wears two faces, one in the US market with a sharp sporting face inspired by the 2013 Furia concept, and the other with large headlights and a broad chrome grille. The tail-lights of both models also differ.
It’s the latter that we’re offered in Australia, and it’s likely that the facelifted sedan shown in today’s photos is intended for the US market.
It is possible, however, that Toyota will introduce the same new look to the Australian model, replacing the current sedan’s styling with a more cohesive look that matches the recently facelifted Corolla hatch and the dramatically redesigned Camry.
Above: the newly facelifted Camry sedan
The styling of this revised Corolla sedan, although camouflaged at both ends, appears to be inspired by the larger new-look Camry, along with the Corolla hatch (known elsewhere as the Auris and in the US as the Scion iM) and the new Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.
Interestingly, spy photos published last year revealed a facelifted version of the Corolla sedan currently sold in Australia and Asia, wearing a grille and bumper inspired even more directly by the Camry.
Above: a ‘facelifted’ Corolla sedan that appeared in the Chinese press last year
But, nearly a year later, that facelift – first published in the Chinese press – has yet to appear in any market, suggesting it may have been little more than an aftermarket styling kit.
For now, it remains to be seen which direction Toyota Australia will take the Corolla sedan in the next year, but we can likely expect to see a styling update in the not too distant future.