Released date : 2000/ 8/28

body type



  • image2
  • image3
  • Specification
  • Description
  • Plant
  • Name origin
Grade 2WD_1.8VVT-i_LUXEL 2WD_1.5VVT-i_G 2WD_1.5VVT-i_X
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 1080 1020 1020
Dimensions Length(mm) 4365 4365 4365
Width(mm) 1695 1695 1695
Height(mm) 1470 1470 1470
Wheelbase(mm) 2600 2600 2600
Engine Engine code 1ZZ-FE 1NZ-FE 1NZ-FE
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16valve In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16valve In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16valve
Displacement(cm3) 1794 1496 1496
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. 100/136/6000 81/110/6000 81/110/6000
* 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 ZZE122(1800), ZZE124(1800), NZE120(1300), NZE121(1500), NZE124(1500), CE121(2200Diesel).
The ninth-generation Corolla that was launched in August 2000 came in two body types: a standard 4-door sedan and a 5-door wagon (Fielder). The GT grade sedans and sports models, including the Corolla Levin, were discontinued.

While previous Corolla sedans maintained conservative designs to cater to the predominantly middle-aged and senior customers, the ninth-generation model was fully redesigned to create "value for the new century." The renewed platform extended the wheelbase by 135 mm, and the body length, height, and width by 80 mm, 85 mm, and 5 mm, respectively. The width was almost at the upper limit for a "5-number" vehicle. The Corolla's body dimensions were comparable to those of higher grade models including the Allion and the Premio, and were shorter only in the wheelbase and the length.

The DOHC 16-valve VVT-i gasoline engines, including 1.3-liter (2NZ-FE), 1.5-liter (1NZ-FE) and 1.8-liter (1ZZ-FE) units, were all newly developed. Also, an SOHC 8-valve 2.2-liter diesel engine (3C-E) featuring a direct-acting valve train was available. The choice of transmissions included a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic Super ECT. For the rear suspension, a torsion beam system was standard, while 4-wheel-drive models adopted a double wishbone system. The 4-door sedan body with reduced air resistance achieved a drag coefficient of 0.29. At the same time, advanced safety devices including the vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control systems were also installed for the first time on the Corolla.
Plant Takaoka plant, Higashifuji plant(Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.), DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. [to June 2002]
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.

This page is part of TOYOTA A HISTORY OF THE FIRST 75 YEARS website. For information on currently marketed vehicles, please refer to the Toyota Motor Corporation website.