All too often the move into a new year provokes a mood of self denial and a determination to shed pounds and shun booze. Toyota is displaying a more generous spirit by giving its Corolla customers more rather than less choice. True, there are no free chocolates or whisky to be had, but the incentive to buy is stronger than ever before with extra equipment specification for the five-door Corolla Colour Collection.
We may be promised the coldest winter in years, but the new Toyota Corolla Colour Collection lets owners keep out the chill with climate controlled air conditioning now provided as standard. And to make those early morning starts less finger-numbing, the electrically adjustable door mirrors are equipped with heaters for quick clearing.
The interior gains a smart new appearance with a brushed metal effect centre console and a silver fleck seat fabric. To complete the New Year new look, there is a set of bespoke six-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels and a metallic paint finish in Silver Steel, Ixion Blue or Eclipse Black.
These features are in addition to an established Colour Collection specification that includes front fog lamps, front, front side and curtain airbags, a sound system with CD player, electric windows and a leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls.
The new Corolla Colour Collection is available now, exclusively in five-door hatchback body style, with the choice of 1.4 and 1.6-litre VVT-i or 2.0-litre D-4D engines; the 1.6 is available with the option of automatic transmission. On-the-road prices start at £11,595.