Toyota makes new Corolla prettier and bigger
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Well, the waiting is over. Toyota has taken the wraps off its all-new 2014 Corolla early and at least in certain trims levels and angles, the car is much better looking than we were expecting. The car benefits from a 10-cm stretch in overall length and an equal increase in wheelbase, but thankfully Toyota worked to keep its curb-weight down to just over 1,300 kg.
The sporty S package gets a deeper front grille, 17-inch wheels and foglights, but remains mechanically identical to the rest. That means a 132-horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine powering the front wheels. Transmission choices are eight a six-speed manual or all-new 'intelligent' CVT that replaces the ancient four-speed automatic of old. There's also a new LE Eco model, which - bizarrely - gets a more powerful version of the same engine (140-hp vs. 132), along with aerodynamic tweaks and low-rolling-resistance tires.
he interior looks to be a complete revelation from the previous generation thanks to more expensive materials and a design that didn't originate in the late '90s. Standard features like Bluetooth handsfree and eight airbags will certainly help in this incredibly tight and competitive market...
We'll have a first-drive article up on the main MSN Autos Canada site reasonably soon, which should give more details regarding how the car drives, along with pricing and fuel-economy expectations.
But just glancing at the pictures, do you think Toyota's done enough with the latest Corolla? Can it start taking bigger chunks of sales away from the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda3? Let us know in the comments.