The second-generation Toyota Celica was launched in 1977. The new Toyota Celica was designed in the United States, and was aimed clearly for the American market. The new Celica was noticeable longer and wider than the first-generation model.
The new Toyota Celica was a full five-seater – with higher equipment levels and improved comfort. Coupe and Liftback body styles were again available and were both lighter than the previous generation despite their larger dimensions.
Toyota Celica was released with round headlights and chrome bumpers for lower grades. The higher grades such as GT and all US models have black rubber bumpers. In 1978 Toyota Celica was given a minor facelift. The new version had square headlights and revised tail lights. They came with chrome bumpers with rubber protectors on each corners, or for certain models with all polyurethane black bumpers such on the GT and all US spec cars.
An expanded and updated range of T and R-series engines were employed in the new car, all of which were tweaked in accordance with new anti-pollution laws. North American models were powered by a 2.2 L 20R engine. Japan and other markets had 1.6-, 1.8-, and 2.0-liter powerplants. This new generation offered more safety, power and fuel economy than previous models.