Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Toyota USA | posted June 07, 2013 14:39
Iconic Dynamism in full force
The all new Vios may be making its rounds right now in the metro, but over in the U.S., Toyota USA has just given the world a glimpse of the all new, next generation Toyota Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla have been around for 47 years and has surpassed the 40,000,000 unit mark. The new model is considered to be the 11th generation of the nameplate, aimed at the C-segment.
The Corolla has been completely redesigned, taking over the current generation model that was launched in 2008. The bold new look takes cues from Toyota's new direction towards more fun, more dynamic designs to compete with rivals from Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Hyundai, among others.
The new Corolla measures 4639mm long, 1776mm wide and 1455mm tall. When compared to the current Corolla Altis, the new model is 99mm longer, a little wider and sits 10mm lower. Toyota stretched the wheelbase by 100mm to make the Corolla larger and roomier, while reducing front and rear overhangs (which improves overall handling).
The passenger cabin features a horizontally oriented dash panel (similar to the RAV4, Vios) design, while high tech details like the piano black surfaces, metallic accents, texturized materials and other touches elevate the Corolla's interior feel.
The engines announced for the Corolla are a pair of all-aluminum 1.8 liter powerplants. The base unit will be a 2ZR-FE 1.8 liter with VVT-i for the U.S. market L, LE and S grades with 132 horsepower.
The other 1.8 liter engine will get Toyota's new Valvematic system (CVVT) that will alter cam lift and cam phasing (similar to prior VTEC engines) for the intake ports. The output of the more efficient Toyota 2ZR-FAE Valvematic 1.8L will be 140 horsepower.
Both will be mated to a 7-speed continuously variable transmission that Toyota has dubbed the CVTi-S. The new transmission will have Sport and Eco driving modes.
It is yet to be determined how much will change with the U.S. version Corolla for the ASEAN and Philippine markets, though lately Toyota has been moving towards a more global design direction.
It is expected that the next generation Corolla (Altis, locally) is expected to debut either late this year or early in 2014.