Car reviews - Toyota - Celica - SX 3-dr hatch
11 Apr 1994
NOW in its sixth-generation, the Celica was larger, stronger, roomier and safer than its curvy predecessor – but it was even less appealing in design, looking like the three-door Camry coupe it essentially had become. This cost Toyota sales to the bizarrely styled Hyundai Mk2 Coupe from 1996 to 1999. Still, the Celica offered more comfort than ever, making it a refined and composed sporty 2+2 seater. It was also commendably lighter than before. Reduced to a hatchback-only model for Australia, this Celica was split into two variants – base SX and luxury ZR. From December ’95 a facelift ushered in a new bumper, revised suspension and improved refinement. The ZR gained dual airbags and side skirts. In June ’98 another round of changes saw new colours and cabin trim, revised wheel and audio presentations and a driver’s airbag as standard in the base SX. A total of 10,994 were sold here.
Model release date: 1 March 1994 to 1 November 1999
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