Snapshot: Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited will unveil the 2014 Corolla D-Segment sedan at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The car will go on sale in India from the middle of the year, which is when the launch and price announcement will happen. The other new product to be unveiled alongside the Corolla will be the Etios Liva Cross hatchback.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla has gone on sale in many car markets across the globe. India’s continued tryst with one of Toyota’s best selling car lines will carry on at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, which is when the Japanese car brand will unveil the 2014 Corolla. According to CarToq sources in the know, the car will be the star attraction at Toyota’s Auto Expo pavilion. However, the 2014 Corolla won’t be the only new car that Toyota will unveil at the Expo. The Etios Liva Cross will be the other new product that will see an unveil at the Expo.
The 2014 Corolla is the 11th generation version of the hugely successful car line from Toyota and the car has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. The car gets a big design revamp that induces more zing into Toyota’s otherwise uninspiring design that borders on the bland boring. With the 2014 Corolla, Toyota is seeking to embark upon a higher creative orbit when it comes to the design of its cars. So, you get a sharper looking front and rear ends, with curves replacing straight lines.
The car gets a host of revised styling bits such as LED head lamps and tail lamps, new bumpers, heavily chromed front grille and new alloy wheel design. The 2014 Corolla is also larger than the outgoing variant, with a full 75 mm bump up in the wheelbase. The interiors get a revamp with a new dashboard and instrumentation console design while the seat fabrics and other materials get a step up in terms of feel and quality. The car also gets feature additions on the interiors; a push button start and Bluetooth connectivity are two such added features. ABS+EBD and airbags will be standard safety fare.
An interesting trend emerging among D-Segment sedans is that they’re getting larger with each passing generation. The 2014 Toyota Corolla and the 2013 Skoda Octavia are two such examples. The next generation versions of the Chevrolet Cruze and the MQB platform based Volkswagen Jetta are also likely to get larger than before. On a similar, the prices of these cars are steadily inching northwards.
In terms of engines and transmissions, the 2014 Corolla sold in India is likely to retain the 1.8 liter VVT-i petrol (138 Bhp-173 Nm) and the 1.4 liter D-4D turbo diesel (87 Bhp-205 Nm) engines. The petrol engined 2014 Corolla will get a 6 speed manual and a new CVTi automatic gearbox with 7 stepped shifts. The CVTi gearbox has been tuned for better fuel efficiency and so is the case with the new electric power steering. The diesel engined variants will make do with a 6 speed manual gearbox.