Coolest Toyota Corolla ever for Japan
Toyota has released the upmarket version of its Blade hatchback in Japan. The Blade is the hatchback version of the new-generation Corolla that is not even available here yet. On sale as of yesterday, the Blade Master and Blade Master G come with the Aurion’s 3.5-litre V6 as standard equipment.
A substantial upgrade over the Camry’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder that is offered in the lower Blade trim levels, the Master trim pumps 276 hp and 343 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Sportier suspension tune and larger disc brakes are also part of the package. In terms of appearance, the V6 Blades get a mesh-look grille and model-specific badging.
So this “Corolla” has more juice than a Porsche Boxster, let alone the Volkswagen GTI and the Honda Civic Type-R. But I doubt it will come here.