Friday 24 August 2012

Spied: 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan

The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla sedan has been spied testing publicly for the first time in the United States.

Although the compact sedan boasts extensive camouflage all round, it’s evident that the larger Avalon will influence styling. Beneath the disguise, a large air intake, xenon headlights, chrome highlights, projector fog lights, and LED rear lights will lend the next Corolla sedan an upmarket image.

Overall measurements of this prototype suggest the new Corolla, codenamed E170, will be larger than its successor, with notable cues including a steeply sloping bonnet and a shorter bootlid.

The cabin reveals a multi-function steering wheel and chrome-ringed instruments. These items, alongside a dashboard that uses upgraded materials will allow the new Corolla to become more competitive.

The bonnet will house a revised 1.8 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine which will produce around 150bhp (112kW/152PS). Other petrol units will include an upgraded 1.3 litre, 1.5 litre, and 1.6 litre engines and a pair of turbocharged diesel engines, which will be available in Europe. These units will be mated to a 5-speed, 6-speed manual, 6-speed Multimode sequential gearbox, or a CVT transmission that replaces the archaic four-speed automatic. Power will be transferred to the front-wheels, although Japanese customers will be given an all-wheel-drive option.

We expect the 2014 Corolla sedan to be lighter than its predecessor, and with mechanical upgrades and a slippery design, fuel economy should improve drastically.

Production of the twelfth-generation Corolla sedan will start during the second-quarter of 2013 in the twenty locations across the world. A year later should see a hatchback variant, possibly the Auris hatchback, replace the current Matrix. A station wagon variant will be offered in both Europe and Japan, called the Auris Sport Tourer and Corolla Fielder.

Toyota began production of the Corolla back in 1966, where early models were rear-wheel-drive.


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