2014 Corolla Might Get Ventilated Seats for US: Chief Engineer Says

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Still a decent distance away from U.S. production, the 11th generation Toyota Corolla is giving us a few hints of what we could expect through the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) version.

In Japan, the new model is smaller, measuring 15.4 feet long and 5.6 feet wide to achieve Japanese compact car status, thus lowering taxes on the vehicle. Toyota Chief Engineer Hiroya Fujita tells TTAC that the U.S. version won’t be that small, but the interior passenger space will probably be indentical. Instead, we can look for more trunk space in the coming model.

JDM vehilces are often very different than what makes it Stateside, and that fact remains true with the Corolla. Upmarket features like automatic high beams won’t make it our way, but there’s a chance the ventilated seats will.

Fujita also said there’s no chance a center-mounted instrument cluster will make it into the car — he doesn’t like them and doesn’t see Corolla buyers feeling any differently. The sloping windshield will be axed for America, as will the station wagon version sold to Japanese customers.

We can also confirm that the version set for our shores will have a 1.8-liter engine, though the CVT transmission found in Japan’s version won’t make the journey. Unfortunately, that also means the idle start-stop system will remain unshipped as well.

With Fujita staying mum on further details, we’ll have to wait for more to leak as the next generation from Toyota draws closer.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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  • Honeybooboo Honeybooboo on Oct 17, 2012

    In other words, Americans will receive a fatter, more out-dated Corolla. We Americans are too cheap. No wonder we can't have nice things, other than fat, cheap cars.

  • Pedro Pedro on Mar 28, 2014

    It seems as though that this JDM version of the Corolla is identical in size with the discontinued 2G 2007-12 Toyota Yaris 4 Door Sedan but this JDM Corolla was not based on the North American Corolla chassis but it was based from the Indonesian only 2014 Toyota NEW Vios 4 Door Sedan. The Indonesian NEW Vios BTW is slightly longer than this JDM Corolla by at least of a mere couple of inches.