You’d be forgiven for not recalling the last time the Toyota Corolla had a redesign. Last updated in 2008 as a 2009 model, the trusty compact car has had little need to evolve, as sales have continued strong with every year. But with new-comers such as the Dodge Dart and the redesigns to the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, the compact Toyota needed a change. So change it did, and we can now bring you the first images of the 2014 Toyota Corolla.
In spite of the fact that the previous generation Corolla was getting long-in-the-tooth, it is still the best selling car in the world (though if you ask Ford, it is the Focus). The new Corolla comes with a more agressive outward appearance built on the Corolla Furia Concept from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. That extroverted design language is echoed on the interior, with a chiseled design and layout.
The new Corolla will feature one of two 1.8-liter inline-four engines. The standard unit makes 132 horsepower, while a variant with new Valvetronic technology will deliver 140 horsepower. The latter is standard on the LE Eco model, which also features low rolling resistance tires and improved aerodynamics, resulting in 40 MPG highway. Power is sent to the front wheels through a CVT on top-tier trims, like the LE Eco, but the base model will likely soldier on with the old four-speed automatic.
The 2014 Corolla will come with standard Bluetooth, and is the first compact car to feature LED low-beam headlights. Pricing has not yet been announced, nor has additional MPG data been stated. We’ll bring you more news on this vehicle as it comes to us.