2013 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

2013 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

2013 Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?
Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

What's Special About It?
Forget the fancy name and the "concept" label. This is the next-generation Corolla. It won't have 19-inch wheels like this car, and the "Fuego Furioso" paint, as it's nicknamed, won't make production either, but figure the other 90 percent of this concept is heading to showrooms.

Toyota is on a mission to inject a little life into its lineup, so it figures the Corolla is a good place to start. It's been a sales winner for decades, but never because it looked like anything you would want to drive.

This time around Toyota is hoping to make the car slightly more interesting than your average economy sedan. It raked the windshield back a little more and stretched the wheelbase. Then Toyota's designers gave the C-pillars a new look by bending the beltline up, which is surprisingly effective, at least in terms of making it look different from the current Corolla.

Toyota officials didn't say anything about the mechanical aspects of the next Corolla during the big debut, but that's probably because they aren't expected to change much. The carmaker wants a more interesting Corolla but it's not going to stray too far from the proven formula. Expect to see something closer to the production model later this year.

What Edmunds Says:
A sincere, if modest, effort to inject a little life into the Corolla, and it couldn't happen soon enough.

Length: 181.6 inches
Width: 71.0 inches
Height: 56.1 inches
Wheelbase:106.3 inches

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