1 Nov 1999
The most significant change to the Celica in almost 15 years saw an all-new platform, engine, body and interior.
Smaller and lighter than its Camry-based predecessor, the ZZT231 series was far more sports car orientated, and featured futuristic wedge styling that came from its California design studio.
An all-new 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine produced 140kW of power, thanks to variable-valve timing (dubbed VVTL-i in Toyota speak).
A six-speed manual gearbox was standard, while the four-speed auto option featured a steering wheel-mounted electronic tip-shift function.
Again one body style and two models were offered – SX and ZR. Both featured dual airbags, anti-lock brakes and cruise control, with the latter also boasting side airbags.