Revealed: The all-new Toyota Corolla
So, this is it then. The latest iteration of the best-selling car in the world. Toyota had promised that the world would get to see the all-new Corolla on June 6, and though it isn't exactly June 6 here today, it's alright, for we can now have a good look at the new Corolla inside out.
For starters, as you might have noticed, the design language - taken from the Furia concept - is a lot more aggressive than the current-gen Corolla. Which isn't exactly saying much, given that the Corolla on sale currently is about as visually exciting as a step ladder. This new example will most certainly divide opinion, as this is not your standard Toyota please-all-offend-none sort of styling. It's a bit of a mish-mash, to be honest. The soft, rounded face is not quite as edgy as the rear, with a block-like mid-section to round it off. We can even see a hint of the GT86 in and around the front airdam, the bumper, the fog lamp housings, the wheels even. Or maybe it's just us.
Inside reminds us of the GT86 again. Though the dash is nowhere near as basic and uncluttered as the GT's, it looks just as slabby. With more kit, obviously. Larger than the current car in terms of dimensions, expect an equally-as-backside-pampering rear seat with loads of room in the cabin.
As we'd told you earlier, the new Corolla is expected to carry over the current engine and drivetrain choices - a 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel, with an option of having a six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto. While the petrol may see a slight power hike, the diesel may continue to have the same 90bhp, though we do wish Toyota proves us wrong and brings in a slightly gutsier engine.
When it comes to our shores sometime in 2014, we imagine Toyota would like to price it a little higher than the current-gen 'rolla. And we're certain it'll still sell by the truckloads. Question is, do you WANT one? If you do, you'd like to click on for more pictures...
(Words: Amaan Ahmed)