Two new Toyota models are making their first UK appearance on the Toyota stand at the Sunday Times Motor Show Live.
A new-look Toyota Corolla is being unveiled, with fresh styling, extra safety provisions and improved specification across the range. T3 hatchback models now have a sporting profile with side and rear skirts, carbon fibre-style fascia and leather steering wheel and gearshift trim. Curtain airbags are available across the range, and all models are now equipped with a front passenger airbag cut-off switch.
Available options include full-map satellite navigation and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, although these are standard on some models.
The flagship T Sport model benefits from new performance dampers, rear rebound springs and steering tuned for added responsiveness.
A new Euro IV-compliant 89bhp 1.4-litre D-4D common rail diesel engine will be available from early autumn, and will be the first diesel to have the option of Toyota’s Multi-mode Manual Transmission (MMT).
Sales begin in mid-June.
The wraps are also coming off the Hilux Invincible, a new version of Toyota’s “indestructible” pickup.
Based on the current VX model, the new pickup features full “Invincible” leather interior, CD autochanger, dark-tinted rear windows, more chrome (oh dear) and metal scuff plates. Power is from the 102bhp 2.5-litre D-4D engine with optional power chip to boost output to 128bhp. Sales start from July 1st.
The newly-launched Red Collection versions of the Celica sports coupe and MR2 Roadster will also be on display, featuring red leather interiors and, for the MR2, a matching red soft top.