Released date : 1979/ 3/23

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Grade 4door_1600_GT 4door_1500_GL 2door_1300_Standard
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 955 840 790
Dimensions Length(mm) 4225 4050 4050
Width(mm) 1610 1610 1610
Height(mm) 1385 1385 1385
Wheelbase(mm) 2400 2400 2400
Engine Engine code 2T-GEU 3A-U 4K-U
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder
Displacement(cm3) 1588 1452 1290
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/115/6000 -/80/5600 -/72/5600
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are KE70(1300), AE70(1500), TE71(1600).
The fourth-generation Corolla sedan released in March 1979 extended the wheelbase by 30 mm, and the front and rear treads by 25 mm and 50 mm, respectively. The vans were renovated five months later in August, bringing the number of Corolla's body variations to seven, including 2- and 4-door sedans, a hardtop, a coupé, a liftback, and 2- and 4-door vans. The new body design featured more linear contours.

The sedan and van models adopted four round headlamps that were prevalent among high-grade cars, while the coupé used two rectangular ones. The GT and Levin models adopted large shock-absorbing polyurethane bumpers. The front seats were no longer integrated with headrests, except for a few models. The choice of engines included 1,300 cc (4K-U), 1,500 cc (3A-U) and 1,600 cc (2T-GEU) units, and a DOHC option (2T-GEU) was also offered to the sedan and hardtop models. The 4-door sedan offered additional options, including a 1,800 cc engine (13T-U) in August 1979 and a 1,800 cc diesel (1C) in February 1982.

Regarding the mechanism, a major change was made in the rear suspension, replacing a semi-oval leaf spring system with a 4-link coil spring system and a lateral rod to improve ride comfort and stability. Servo-assisted front disc brakes were standard-equipped on all models, and the 1,300 cc model adopted the rack-and-pinion steering mechanism. The headlamps were switched to non-standard rectangular ones in a minor model change in August 1981 (except for vans).

The fourth-generation Corolla had the largest number of body variations in the brand's history. Cumulative production of the Corolla reached a record 10 million units in March 1983.
Plant Takaoka plant, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.
A "corolla" is the ring of petals around the central part of a flower. The name was intended to evoke the image of a beautifully styled, eye-catching compact car.

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