Minus a set-back a few years ago, Toyota has been known to make vehicles that are reliable but not always the most exciting. The Toyota Corolla plays a major role in satisfying Americans’ desire for dependable but dull driving.
But that may change soon. Our in-office colleagues over at Motor Trend have come upon the first shots of the 2014 Toyota Corolla going through testing paces on roads here in the United States.
The tenth-generation Corolla, shown above, is covered up pretty well but we still have a hunch that it will look very similar to the full-size Camry. Like the 2012 Camry, the latest Corolla appears to have headlights that slope in the same shape as the Camry’s and the taillights also mimic big brother. The upper and lower grilles look like they’re straight off the new Avalon while the fog lights, while wrapped in black tarp instead of the normal plastic-chrome trim, appear to share styling cues from both the Camry and Avalon.
The back of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is covered up pretty well, making the trunk’s shape tough to make out. It’s unknown what other vehicle Toyota used as inspiration for the trunk’s design but, in keeping with tradition with the rest of the new Corolla’s styling cues, we expect it to be taken from either the Camry or Avalon.
What’s underneath the hood remains under speculation. The current 2012 Toyota Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine which is rated at 132 horsepower and rated at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. We expect that to be carried over to the new Corolla. We also expect the same six-speed automatic transmission will also row through the gears of the 2014 model. A six-speed manual transmission is expected to take over for the Corolla’s five-speed manual currently used though.
Lastly, there are rumors the latest Corolla will be plusher than in years past. This Corolla was caught testing with projector beam headlights and chrome trim around the windows. Once again, the Camry influences the Corolla with a new steering wheel, bigger controls, and an instrument cluster similar to its big brother. We wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota’s intune Infotainment system is available as an option.
Production of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is rumored to start in the second quarter of next year. Production is scheduled to take place at Toyota’s assembly facilities in Blue Springs, Mississippi, and Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Stay tuned as more details unfold.
Source: Motor Trend