Different strokes for different folks.
Japanese marque Toyota have released two new variants of the Corolla for Europe, aimed at two very different ends of the market. While the Toyota Corolla is broadly considered as the end-all family car, the two new variants are no doubt made to appeal to two very different families.
The Toyota Corolla GR Sport is the first of the two new variants, and it’s made to appeal to the more enthusiastic drivers. Following in the footsteps of the Yaris GR Sport, the Corolla GR Sport adds things like a dark-chrome finish to the grille, as well a unique front skirt, side skirts, and rear diffuser. It rides on 18-inch alloys, features rear privacy glass, LED headlights, fog lights, and a unique Dynamic Grey hue with a black roof.
The cabin wasn’t spared the GR Sport treatment, with black fabric & leatherette bolsters, though full-leather upholstery can be optioned on. There’s also black & red contrast stitching on the instrument panel, the steering wheel, and the gear gaiter.
On the other hand, there are families who’d prefer a car that better reflects their go-anywhere lifestyle, but are resistant to the idea of an SUV for whatever reason. To that end there’s the Corolla TREK, created in collaboration with Trek Bicycles, which is meant to appeal to “people who enjoy active lifestyles and outdoor pursuits.”
The Corolla TREK will only be available as a Corolla Touring Sports (the GR Sport can be had as a 5-door hatch or an estate), but features the aesthetics of a crossover. So you’ll find a unique front skirt, a 20mm increased ride height, something that resembles a skid plate at the rear, 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, and fog-lights.
Both Corolla variants are presently planned only for European offering, though we can’t help but think about their viability locally. Jacked-up estates do okay here, and so do warm hatchbacks that look faster than they are. Could Toyota Australia offer them here? We can certainly hope.