Toyota Corona T190

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Toyota Carina E
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Manufacturer Toyota
Production 1992-1997
Designer Toyota
Body and chassis
Class Large family car
Related Toyota Corona
Predecessor Toyota Carina II
Successor Toyota Avensis

The Toyota Corona T190 was launched in March 1992. The exterior dimensions and engine sizes remained in compliance with Japanese size regulations so as to continue to offer a product for Japanese buyers wanting to reduce their annual tax liability. This generation of Corona made its European debut at the Geneva Auto Show as the Carina E, which replaced the Carina II (T170 Corona). The Carina E was built at Toyota's factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

This generation of Corona was marketed as Corona Absolute in Indonesia, or Corona Exsior in the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

Badged as a Carina, this was the 1993 Semperit Irish Car of the Year.

Trim levels[edit]

The Carina E was offered in XL and GL trim levels, but in UK they were marketed as Xi, XLi, GLi, GTi and Executive between 1992 and 1996.

From 1996 S, GS, CD, and CDX trims replaced the previous trim level scheme. The high performance GT-i with 3S-GE engine was offered in small numbers in certain European countries.

The model range for the 1992-1996 Carina E was:

  • 1.6 Xi
  • 1.6 XLi
  • 1.6 GLi
  • 1.8 XLi
  • 1.8 SLi
  • 1.8 GLi
  • 2.0 GLi
  • 2.0 Executive (hatchback/saloon only, no estate)
  • 2.0 GTi (hatchback/saloon only, no estate)
  • 2.0 XLD
  • 2.0 GLD

From 1996, the revised range was now:

  • 1.6 S (hatchback only)
  • 1.6 GS
  • 1.6 CD
  • 1.8 GS
  • 1.8 GLi
  • 1.8 CD
  • 1.8 CDX
  • 2.0 GLi
  • 2.0 CD
  • 2.0 CDX
  • 2.0D GS
  • 2.0D GL

All versions (apart from GTi/Executive) were available as a four-door saloon, five-door hatchback or five-door estate car.

The T190 is the last Corona for most export market, trim levels are XL, GX, and GLi with 1.6, 1.8, or 2.0 liter engine.

The five-door model was called the Corona SF in Japan, while the station wagon had become a separate line there, from 1993, called the Toyota Caldina.

Production in Japan ended in 1995, but in Europe and South East Asia lasted until 1997 when replaced by the Avensis.