Toyota has added some features to the Corolla Quest with the addition of tasteful colour-coded accents. The colour-coding treatment has been applied to the door handles and power operated exterior mirrors to add a touch of modernity to the exterior.
All models now boast power windows with one-touch operation for the driver. This compliments the solid standard specification that all Corolla Quest models enjoy, which includes Air-conditioning, illuminated entry, Multi-information Display, Electric Power Steering, Tilt & Telescopic steering adjustment, Anti-theft system, Auto door lock, Remote central locking, ISOFIX-anchor points, Driver & Passenger airbags and ABS, EBD, Brake Assist combination.
The Corolla Quest is available in two grades, standard and Plus. The ‘Plus’ model adds a 4-speaker audio system with CD and USB interface. As part of the 2016 specification enhancement, Plus models receive Bluetooth functionality for hands-free call operation with the added benefit of Bluetooth audio playback.
Powering the Quest, is the proven 1.6 litre “1ZR-FE” DOHC 16-valve engine which delivers 90 kW at 6000 rpm, accompanied by 154 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. This unit is characterised by its “free-revving” nature, whilst still sipping leisurely on fuel – a mere 7.1 litres per 100 km – to make light work of hauling the family and all their belongings.
Buyers have the choice of a smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission or relaxed 4-speed automatic on the standard model. Plus models are exclusively equipped with the 6-speed manual “cog-swapper”.
Price starts at N$199 400 for the Quest 1.6-litre, while the automatic 1.6-litre is priced from N$214 600. The luxurious 1.6-litre plus model is priced from N$215 100. All models are backed by a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and 3 year/45 000 km service plan.
“One of Toyota’s founding principles is Continuous Improvement or “Kaizen” as the Japanese terminology states. Kaizen refers to the philosophy of always enhancing or improving and this applies to far more than production processes, as this extends to product offerings too. This means that cars are always evolving in pursuit of offering customers more,” said Glenn Crompton, Vice-President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa.