Manufactured from August 1998 to August 2001 with a facelift in late 1999 the AE112R changes from the 4A-FE engine used in previous model Corollas to the 7A-FE. The 7A-FE increased engine displacement to 1.8 litres from the 1.6 of the 4A-FE which increase power output slightly over the 4A-FE engine. Model names differed to other regions consisting of Ascent, Conquest, and Ultima, the top tier Ultima model included features such as alloy wheels, velour interior, power windows, and fog lights as standard.
Entry level Corolla for this generation, the Ascent came standard with 14" steel wheels and drum brakes on the rear, air conditioning, and 4 speaker stereo. Optional equipment for this model include ABS, passenger airbag, rear spoiler, and metallic paint.
The conquest included the same standard features as the Ascent but also included central locking, and front power windows as standard. Additional options were added alongside those available with the Ascent model, these included split fold seats and a sunroof.
Unlike the previous two models the Levin was not available as a sedan, the Levin is the sportier model in the lineup. While sharing a similar nameplate as the AE111 Corolla Levin it does not include the famous 4A-GE engine and the majority of improvements reside in the cabin of the car. As standard this model included 14" alloy wheels, ABS, ventilated front disc brakes, rear disc brakes, fog lights, a leather gear knob, front and rear spoilers, sports instrument cluster, and sports seats. Standard features from the previous models were all included however some of the optional extras were not available with this model. Optional equipment omitted from this model were the split fold seats.
Luxury focused the Ultima came standard with 14" alloy wheels, 6 disc CD stacker, rear power windows, passenger airbag, velour interior trim, and sports seats. While the Ultima was comparable to the Levin there were some exterior changes, the omission of the spoilers and a urethane gear knob with standard instruments in the interior.
Building on the Levin as a base a limited run was produced of only 110 cars the Sportivo Levin brought to the table the first model in the AE112R line up with an improved drive train. This model was equipped with a 7A-FE that was fitted from factory with an INI turbocharger producing an improved 115kW at 5,600 rpm and 237Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm the almighty 7A-FTE was born. Standard features were 15" alloy wheels, alarm, Sportivo body kit, Stainless steel exhaust system, leather steering wheel, sports suspension, and velour trim. Each car has a badge on the centre storage bin front that indicated the cars build number, the Sportivo Levin was only available in Aztec Gold.
Full specifications: AE112 Specifications
Parts reference: AE112 Parts List
Technical Information: AE112 Technical Information
JDM model specification table: JDM AE112 Specification Table
Image Gallery: AE112 Image Gallery
Sportivo registry: AE112 Sportivo Registry