Toyota revealed today the 2011 Corolla, the so-called best selling subcompact in America, and announced that the car will make its official debut tomorrow at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 model year Corolla brings new exterior-design changes made on the front bumper, radiator grille, front lower grille, headlamps, trunk lid, rear license garnish, rear combination lamp, rear bumper and reflex reflector.
In addition, the side-view mirrors are now bigger for better visibility, and heated side-view mirrors are available as an option. Inside, the car comes with a number of new interior design features such as a new seat color and pattern, as well as combination meter design changed in order to enhance clarity. Furthermore, the car features a new steering wheel (available on the Corolla S), while instrument panel upper and door trim upper color has been changed.
The 2011 Corolla also offers a better driving position and front seats, as well as a multi-information display capable to present a variety of information such as outside temperature, instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, average speed and travel distance. Under the hood, we find a standard 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine capable to deliver 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) is available as an option (standard on Corolla LE models). The car delivers an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with the five-speed manual transmission, and 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the four-speed automatic transmission. According to Toyota, the 2011 Corolla will offer Toyota’s Star Safety System standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, but also Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.
The 2011 Corolla is available in three grades: the base-model Corolla, LE, and S. The Corolla LE and S grades offer a power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade; and an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, XM Radio (includes 90 day trial subscription), auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, CD text display function, auto sound leveling, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.
Corolla LE featuring a Premium Pack comes with 16-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires; integrated fog lamps; power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade; AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, XM Radio (includes 90 day trial subscription), auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, CD text display function, auto sound leveling, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.