Toyota showcased the Toyota Corolla Furia Concept at the 2013 Auto Show in Detroit. This is an exciting car, because the company has said it represents the design that the next-generation Toyota Corolla will see – and it’s a car that should make it to India as well, when Toyota upgrades the Toyota Corolla Altis in two years’ time.
The Toyota Corolla Furia Concept is a very futuristic looking sedan and even if 70% of the design cues that were shown on the concept make it to the next-generation Corolla, it will be a stunner of a car. The design apparently has a theme of “Iconic Dynamism” according to a Toyota press release, which will appeal to a more youthful audience. Also read: Upcoming car trends in India
The futuristic looking Corolla Furia concept has large 19-inch alloys, which may be downsized on the production version – but which give it a sporty stance. The wheel base has been stretched to 2700 mm (the same as a Honda Civic). The overall length of the concept is at 4620 mm, making it about 80 mm longer than the existing Altis, while it’s also marginally wider at 1805 mm and 55 mm shorter in height at 1425 mm.
The windscreen is sharply sloped and merges into the sloping roofline. There are flared fenders and sharp cuts and curves along the flanks to give it a sense of motion. The front of the car has a blacked out grille, LED headlamps that wrap around into the fenders. The rear also gets led tail-lamps with a high-set boot and integrated spoiler lip. Since the car has a longer wheel-base, interior space is likely to be quite a bit more than the current Corolla Altis. Also read: Upcoming all-new cars for 2013
This car is a concept only at this stage and as Toyota has said it isn’t launching any new cars this year or next, don’t expect this car to hit Indian roads in production form any time before 2015. Toyota isn’t planning any major product launches in 2013 in India, and will instead focus on improving its present line up, with minor facelifts planned to the Toyota Etios and Toyota Etios Liva for now. Also read: Upcoming compact SUVs for 2013