REFRESH: Style, chassis and powertrain revisions for updated Toyota 86 sports car, which is set to arrive here late in the year.
REFRESH: Style, chassis and powertrain revisions for updated Toyota 86 sports car, which is set to arrive here late in the year.

Refreshed Toyota 86 on its way

TOYOTA'S 86 sports car will feature style, chassis and powertrain revisions when the MY17 model arrives here towards the end of the year.

An updated version of the 86 - Australia's best-selling sports car in 2015 - was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, bringing significant changes to the rear-wheel drive darling of the sports car world.

A larger grille arrives to give a more aggressive front end; the LED headlamps incorporate new indicators while front fog lights and the bumper also score revisions. The rear end receives LED light and bumper updates, the alloy wheels have been refreshed and the 86 logo has shifted to a standalone badge on the front fender.

MY17 Toyota 86. Photo: Contributed
MY17 Toyota 86. Photo: Contributed

Top spec GTS models feature new soft-feel "Grandlux" material on the instrument panel and door trims, alongside new silver-stitched seating material and a new steering wheel with integrated audio controls.

Toyota says MY17 86s get a revised suspension tune focusing on shock absorbers and spring rates, while manual variants feature gear ratio changes upping torque by 9Nm and power by 4kW.

Toyota has shifted more than 16,000 86s in Australia since its mid-2012 launch, but must play catch up now to the new best-selling sports car in town, the Ford Mustang.

Upgraded Corolla too

MY17 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Photo: Contributed
MY17 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Photo: Contributed

More relevant to the masses, if not quite as sexy, is Toyota's upgraded Corolla sedan, set to launch early next year.

The new four-door introduces a new bumper, reshaped grille, LED rear lights, new chrome splashes and, for the high-grade ZR models, new LED headlamp clusters.

New safety tech fitted as standard to ZRs includes a pre-collision system, lane departure warning and auto high beam. These will be optional on Ascent and SX models.

The Corolla was Australia's best selling car in 2015, with nearly a quarter of sales of the sedan body shape.

MY17 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Photo: Contributed
MY17 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Photo: Contributed


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