2014 Toyota Corolla Previewed in Furia Concept: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Heart-pounding it may not be, but the curiously-named Toyota Furia Concept just debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to preview elements of the next-generation Corolla.

“The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future,” Toyota group vice president and general manager Bill Fay said. “It blends a heightened emphasis on dramatic design and modern elements of high technology to generate curb appeal that will surprise a lot of people.”

As a design study, the car doesn’t offer any hints at any mechanical changes Toyota might be considering, but the swept windshield and sloped roofline suggest the brand will follow the industry trend toward raked rear ends and more aerodynamic body shapes.

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It seems likely that elements like the LED lighting seen here will make it into the next Corolla’s design, but others like the carbon fiber trim around the wheel wells almost certainly won’t.

Toyota didn’t offer many concrete facts about the car, but it did give overall dimensions, divulging that the next Corolla will grow. The wheelbase will be almost four inches longer while overall length will increase by a little less than two. The biggest detail – if it sticks – is that the Corolla Furia is more than 10 inches wider.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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