Toyota has begun testing the 2014 Toyota Corolla in India, a car which will eventually replace the current Toyota Corolla Altis. This car has distinct styling changes based on the new Corolla concept showcased last year. The car has been spotted on the highways in Karnataka, close to the Toyota plant in Bidadi.
The latest sighting was by a Motoroids reader. Even though the car is under heavy camouflage, the shape of the car is quite distinctive and it’s almost certain that the 2014 Toyota Corolla that will be sold in India, is the pretty much the same as the one seen in Europe. The car is bigger than the present Altis. Also see: New 2014 Toyota Corolla revealed, India launch in 2014
The 2014 Toyota Corolla will have an overall length of about 4639 mm and widht of 1776 mm compare to 4540 mm and 1760 mm for the current Toyota Corolla Altis. The wheelbase too has been extended to 2,700 mm. The design of the Toyota Corolla follows a lot of cues from the Toyota Furia concept.
The car is said to have significant changes on the interiors as well. The dashboard has been completely redone and the top-end variants will have a touch-screen infotainment system with navigation and other additional functionality. Mechanically though there won’t be too many changes on the car. It will continue to be powered by a 1.8 litre petrol engine putting out 139 bhp of power and 173 Nm of torque with a six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic (CVT). The diesel will likely still have the 87 bhp, 1.4 litre diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission. Also see:Spy photos of 2014 Toyota Corolla compared with Furia concept
The fact that Toyota is already testing the car in India, just months after its global debut, shows that it intends to launch the car as soon as possible, and would be looking at an early 2014 launch.