The all-new Toyota Corolla based on the Furia concept has been revealed for the US and European markets, with subtle styling differences for both regions. This Corolla will only see an India debut in late 2014, because Toyota India had ruled out any all-new models before that.
The car has taken on a more futuristic styling along the lines of the new Toyota Camry. For India, Toyota is likely to indulge in a lot more chrome for the Corolla, just as it has been doing with the other products in its line up – heavy chrome grilles are the order of the day. Also read: Toyota Furia concept revealed, will be next Corolla
Photo: The US version of the Toyota Corolla
Looks and styling
Spyshots of the new Corolla that we’ve seen earlier pointed to the new Corolla retaining most of the design cues of the Furia concept car. And now that the official photos from Toyota are out, we must say, this car does make the otherwise more staid and subtle looking Toyota Corolla stand out from the crowd. Also see: Spy photos of 2014 Toyota Corolla compared with Furia concept
Photo: The India version is likely to look like this European variant
The car has a longer wheel base now – at 2700 mm, which is identical to the Honda Civic’s wheelbase, and which should improve interior cabin space even more. The car is also longer at 4,639 mm than the current Corolla Altis (4,540 mm) and slightly wider as well at 1776 mm vs 1760 mm. The dashboard and interiors are completely new and look much more sophisticated compared to the current Toyota Corolla Altis that’s on sale in India.
The instrument panel has a nice feel to it, with a multi-info display within the speedometer console and a sporty tachometer beside it. The infotainment system is an LCD touchscreen panel, and the AC vents look sportier than the current car, and a little retro in styling.
The engine choices on the Toyota Corolla that will come to India would likely remain the same. A 1.8 litre petrol engine with a seven-speed automatic or six speed manual and a 1.4 litre diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox. There may be a slight increase in power output, but don’t expect much, as this car is aimed more at buyers seeking comfort and cruising ability rather than a sporty drive.
What we think
Toyota needs to do something to regain its market share in the premium mid-size sedan segment in India, having lost out to cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze. Sales of the Corolla Altis that used to average about 1,000 units over a year ago have dropped to just about 250 cars a month now. This radically redesigned Corolla could alter things a bit, but we do wish engine choices are updated as well. Also read: Upcoming car trends in India