Toyota SA has introduced a facelifted version of its RunX subcompact. But whereas recent changes to its Corolla sibling were subtle, the spunky RunX looks more racy than its predecessor.

Toyota SA has introduced a facelifted version of its RunX subcompact. But whereas recent changes to its Corolla sibling were subtle, the spunky RunX looks more racy than its predecessor.


For starters, the RunX’s front end is now clearly distinguishable from the Corolla courtesy of sporty bonnet, bumpers, three-slatted grille, revised head- and foglights and new side mirrors. As was the case with the saloon’s facelift, the rear light clusters have been restyled.


Along with the RunX line-up’s exterior styling changes come a number of interior revisions and a repositioning of the model range, which remains at a total of six derivatives... The entry-level 140 R has been replaced by a higher-specification RunX 140 RS and the 1,8-litre RunX 180 RX added to the lineup.


All models have dark grey trim with brushed aluminium accents for the centre console. The RT and RS specification have grey cloth seat covers, while the premium specification RX and RSi models have dark grey leather trim.


The RS, RX and RSi models all receive an upgrade in comfort and convenience features. Power steering, radio/CD player, trip computer and air-conditioning are standard across the range, but the RS specification level now includes a passenger airbag and seat belt pre-tensioner, electric side mirrors, and steering wheel mounted remote controls for the audio system. In addition, RX and RSi models now have automatic up and down actuation of the electrically-operated windows.


Toyota’s “Optitron” instrumentation is now featured in the RunX RX specification, as is climate control air conditioning. All Corolla and RunX models come with a five-year/90 000 km service plan, covering all specified service items including parts and labour, but excluding wear-and-tear items. A three-year/100 000 km warranty with roadside assistance is also offered.


The facelifted version of the RunX flagship, the RSi, will not be available immediately. It will retain the previous version’s 1,8-litre VVTL-i engine, which produces 141 kW at 7 800 r/min and 180 N.m at 6 800 r/min, but the new version of the power-unit is under development by TMC, and will only reach South Africa in the new facelifted RunX bodyshell in the first quarter of 2005. The development programme is aimed at improving drivability by providing a flatter torque curve through revised engine mapping and design changes to the intake and exhaust systems.


Prices:

140 RT R133 079

140 RS R143 955

160 RS R159 331

160 RX R177 625

180 RX R188 024

180 RSi R202 475