Mild redesign and a wagon added to the lineup — the Corolla brand has now been around for 50 years. The car that started the ball rolling in North America spawned literally dozens of Toyota models over the years and helped build the Toyota franchise to the powerhouse it is today. To celebrate this half-century milestone, the Corolla receives an updated front end and will offer a specially equipped 50th Anniversary Edition trim level. As well, with the demise of the Scion brand, the iM wagon will henceforth be called the Corolla iM (The Scion iA and FR-S will also be relabeled as Toyotas). Unaltered is a 132-horsepower four-cylinder carries over from the previous generation and connects to a six-speed manual transmission, or optional continuously variable unit (CVT) unit (the four-speed automatic bites the dust). Toyota’s engineers added seven artificial shift points to the CVT that function automatically (or controlled via available steering-column-mounted paddle shifters) that mimic a regular automatic. The LE Eco is equipped with a 140-horsepower version of the 1.8 that gets slightly better fuel economy than the other trims.
Both the standard and iM models of the Corolla will be on display.