Anticipation has been building up for the 2014 Toyota Corolla’s official unveiling ever since the Japanese automaker previewed it in the Corolla Furia concept.
The next-generation Corolla looks to be promising, and if a leaked order guide is to be believed, the overhaul will be substantial. Though the styling is expected to be a bit more tame than what’s shown on the Furia concept, the 2014 Corolla will still maintain a sleek and more modern design with a bit of influence from the Camry.
As for what the order guide revealed, the new Corolla will be powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that includes the automaker’s Valvematic continuously variable valve timing and lift system. The current Corolla is also powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, but that car only sports VVT-i, which only has variable valve timing.
The bad news is, the base model will apparently still feature a four-speed automatic, though the manual transmission option will sport six gears. On higher trim levels, buyers will be able to opt for a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
No performance figures were leaked, but it’s expected that the Corolla will improve on its current 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque offering, and will get better fuel economy.
Trim levels were revealed in the leak however, if it’s accurate. Four models will be available for purchase: base, LE, S, and Eco. Options in the guide include Softex leather, push-button start, and navigation.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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