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Toyota recently revealed its new Toyota Corolla Quest to the local media at the end of January. This came before its official launch on South African showrooms which is scheduled for March. Until recently only the top of the range Exclusive model had been on display.

This is all changing with the Corolla Quest configurator now appearing on the Toyota SA website. On the website we are given the opportunity to see what the less extravagant models will look like. These are the ones we are more likely to see on our South African roads in the coming years.

The Corolla Quest is based on the outgoing Corolla model which will also be replaced by an all new imported model. The Quest is said to be the only locally produced Corolla and to assist in keeping the price reasonably low, Toyota South Africa has implemented such measures while streamlining the production process and sharing bits and pieces with the Hilux range.

Toyota has not been subtle with their big engine front though. The Corolla boasts a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which is standard across the board. The engine produces 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a CVT continuously variable transmission.

Another large flight point is that the Quest is presently accessible with a more extensive choice of model evaluations that carry an increasingly lavish component to the line-up. These evaluations are: Quest (base model), Prestige and Exclusive.

Inside it accompanies all the essential pleasantries, for example, cooling, electric windows, remote focal locking with an alarm system and electric mirrors. In any case, you won’t discover a touchscreen infotainment system here, with the vehicle rather showing a customary four-speaker sound framework with Bluetooth availability and guiding mounted controls.

Security highlights come as double front and driver’s knee airbags, Isofix mountings, ABS brakes, Slope Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Control.

Five hues are offered over the Quest run: Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Seaside Pearl Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic and Arizona Red.

By Noni Nchwe